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Monday, June 8, 2015, Jaishtha 25, 1422 BS, Shaban 20, 1436 Hijr

22-course veggie lunch at Bangabhaban
Saleem Samad
Published : Monday, 8 June, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 101
What does the strictly vegetarian Gujarati guest would love to have for dinner and lunch during the state visit to Bangladesh? Especially, at the private lunch hosted by President Mohammad Abdul Hamid on Sunday afternoon?
The visiting Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is a strict vegetarian and host Bangladesh took extra care to serve the choicest veggie-dishes to the honourable guest.
Modi was served a lavish menu of 22 items dominated by vegetarian fare.
Saffron butter milk, Crispy potato and Granny Smith apple chutney, vegetable shammi khandvi and Palak dal ka shorba (soup) were served to the guests as starters.
Lucknavi paneer dopiyaza, Jodhpuri dhingi aur makai ka kofta, Amritsari pindi choley,Undhyu, Aamti, Dal Makani, Saffron, Lauki thepla, bhatura, Naan, cucumber cumin raita, green salad, papad and mango chutney were served as main courses.
Meanwhile, Rasmalai, Mishti doi and Chanar Sandesh were served to the guest as dessert.
Modi at lunch had mixed-veggie kichuri with masur lentil, along with a variety of vegetables. Also the guest's favourite choice "vendi curry" was also served. Mango pickles and of course seasonal fruits including fresh mangoes from Chapainawabganj and liches from Dinajpur were served to the distinguished guest.
At the state banquet in his honour hosted by Sheikh Hasina on Saturday night, he had 100 vegetarian dishes, including special lintel, khichdi, dhokla and Bangladesh's special sweets were prepared by the chefs of Gonobhaban, official residence of prime minister.
Earlier, PMO staff sought Modi's favourite menu from South Block in New Delhi.

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