#TrumpIndiaVisit: Hello, How Are, Khaana Khaake Jaana

From khaman and samosa to adrak masala chai, POTUS gets a taste of desi Gujarati delicacies in Ahmedabad.

Annabelle D’Costa

As US President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump land in Ahmedabad ahead of the ''Namaste Trump” event at Motera Stadium to mark their maiden India visit, PM Narendra Modi has left no ‘kasar’ in treating his special guest with the quintessential Indian khatirdari. From “lining millions on the route” near Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati Ashram which will be the first stop for the POTUS to ensuring no monkey business at Agra’s Taj Mahal, Modi and his team are all out to play the perfect ‘hosts’ and charm the Trumps with Indian hospitality.

All was going well until it was brought to light that Trump “whose diet is often a rotation of steaks, burgers and meatloaf” might be in for “a potential shock” as he will instead be treated to an all-vegetarian affair. Known as a meat lover, CNN quoted an executive close to Trump, who said, “I have never seen him eat a vegetable.” The network also highlighted the fact that “even one of the President's favourite fast-food restaurants, McDonald's doesn't serve beef in India.”

The food menu for the US President that went viral included all-vegetarian delicacies included khaman, broccoli samosa, honey-dip cookies, multi-grain rotis, coconut water, adrak masala chai, amongst other items from the high tea menu.

Speaking about the authentic Gujarati spread that was prepared “last-minute” by chef Suresh Khanna of Fortune Landmark Hotel, he says, “I was informed at the very last minute regarding this ‘Hi-Tea Menu’ that had to be prepared for the US President Trump, leading us into the preparations that went backstage. Keeping in mind the weather in Ahmedabad, we decided to stay away from fatty foods such as potato and cottage cheese and instead went with broccoli and corn. They’re light and add a nice European twist to the famous Indian snack.” Besides, chef Khanna also tells us that the samosas were roasted and not deep-fried to make them more ‘healthy’ and 'long-lasting'. Telling us about the dietary restrictions that he and his team had to keep in mind for the POTUS, chef Khanna explains, “We had to stay off Indian spices and oil while trying to give the US President a taste of authentic Gujarati flavours to put together this multi-cuisine menu in consultation with Gujarat Tourism’s team.” 

When probed if he had the opportunity to curate a meal for the US President, Khanna says his dream menu would definitely include blueberry cheesecake, macaroni with broccoli and Gujarati favourites such as khandvi and patra

Notably, chef Khanna has also cooked meals for former President APJ Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, and even Bollywood celebrities such as Amitabh Bachchan and more.

When Tweeple found that Trump will be treated to an authentic Gujarati fare inclusive of “multi-grain” and “tetra packs”, they couldn’t hold back. From explaining the difference between dhokla and khaman to pointing out the fact that khaman is not a vegetable, Twitterati have seen a field day:


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