He was asked whether he would apologise for the riots which his critics demand.
Modi parried a question whether he sees himself as a future prime minister, saying he was concentrating on Gujarat. "I can't think beyond that," he said.
The paper said Modi attributed malnutrition problems in his state partly to Gujaratis being largely vegetarian and partly to body, image issues among young women.
"The middle class is more beauty conscious than health conscious- that is a challenge," he said.
"If a mother tells her daughter to have milk, they'll have a fight - she'll tell her mother 'I won't drink milk. I'll get fat," Modi added.