New Delhi, Sept. 9 -- A red ant chutney (sauce) that once made it to British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's menu, drew the attention of the Supreme Court on Thursday as it heard a petition seeking that the delicacy be mandated as a remedy for Covid-19.

"How can we ask the entire country to use a chutney as cure for Covid-19?" the bench, headed by Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud asked the lawyer, appearing for Odisha-based engineer and researcher Nayadhar Padhial who had petitioned the court.

"If you want to use it, use it. Nobody is stopping you but we, as a constitutional court, cannot ask people to start eating red ant chutney for treatment of Covid-19," the bench, which also included justices Vikram Nath and Hima Kohli, added.