Last date for submission of bids for getting the licence for the technology is October 14
The Defence Research and Development Organization has developed a ready-to-eat chicken khakra—which is chicken+wheat crispies—with a shelf life of 6 months. DRDO is willing to licence the technology to ten companies.
DRDO regularly develops foods for the use of soldiers—the foods become part of the soldiers’ kits. It has also developed medicines, such as quick healers for wounds. Those developed so far has been licensed away. The chicken khakra is current and is open for bidding.
Resistant starch is a new type of low calorie (2 kcal/g) functional food ingredient providing variety of health benefits to consumers. It benefits special groups of people, meanwhile the ordinary consumers can also gain health benefits. This ingredient has been incorporated in various foods and found to be sensorially accepted by consumers.
The formulation of chicken khakhra with incorporation of functional starch makes it a fibre rich low GI product, good source of protein for non-vegetarian category of consumers. The khakhra was standardized in the form of mini khakhra suitable for consumption as a snack product. It contains about 20% resistant starch and protein content 14-16%. It has a minimum shelf life of 6 months without addition of antioxidants or preservatives.
The developed product can be compared to the crisp-bread, crackers and matzo products from the western countries and khakhra from India. One main characteristic for these products is the low moisture content, which directly effects their crispness or hardness, says DRDO.
The last date for submission of bids for the technology is 14th October 2020.