When Modi treated his guests to saatvik food

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - Ab­hi­nav Verma ab­hi­nav. verma@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi is known to be quite a culi­nary charmer with his guests. And this time he charmed Ger­man chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel and other del­e­gates from Ger­many, along with in­dus­tri­al­ist Su­nil Mit­tal and busi­ness ty­coon Azim Premji. Modi hosted a saatvik lunch at event in Ban­ga­lore as part of Make in In­dia and Dig­i­tal In­dia ini­tia­tives. On a spe­cial re­quest from the PM’s of­fice, chef Ku­nal Ka­pur pre­sented a culi­nary theatre of In­dia with a fo­cus on South In­dian cui­sine and saatvik food that is freshly cooked, veg­e­tar­ian and pre­pared with nat­u­rally sourced in­gre­di­ents. The menu con­sisted of items such as the welcome drink Samb­haram —spiced but­ter­milk flavoured with lemon­grass. The veg starters in­cluded Mu­run­gae­lai Adai (drum­stick leaf pan­cake) teamed with home­made pickle Ma­hali (a tra­di­tional Tamil Brah­min pickle made of roots), and Vazhapoo Vada (banana blos­som fit­ters), served steam­ing hot with co­conut chut­ney. The main course in­cluded Palkatti Pat­tani Masala (cot­tage cheese and green peas sim­mered in co­conut and nut gravy) and Nil­giri Korma (sea­sonal veg­gies sim­mered in co­rian­der and mint gravy).

“It was an hon­our to cook for the Prime Min­is­ter and other dig­ni­taries. With the PM bring­ing In­dia to­gether through the Dig­i­tal In­dia cam­paign, the team also tried to bring the con­cept alive through a culi­nary fare,” says Ka­pur, who put to­gether food from across the coun­try at the same plat­form, tweak­ing the recipes slightly to suit Modi’s pref­er­ence. “The fo­cus was on home-cooked food us­ing sim­ple recipes to keep the lunch light, healthy and de­lec­ta­ble,” he says.

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi with Ger­man chan­cel­lor

An­gela Merkel

Left: The saatvik thaali pre­sented by chef

Ku­nal Ka­pur; above: one of the ap­pe­tis­ers at

the event

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