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Cameron gets a taste of Delhi

The British PM opts for plain yellow dal and tries kebabs while in the Capital.

entertainment Updated: Jul 30, 2010 00:55 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi

On a recent trip to the US, Britain’s new Prime Minister, David Cameron, upset the Americans by ordering a plain hot dog — without mustard or onions. He was labelled a food snob for turning his nose up at a condiment that Americans consider integral to the enjoyment of their favourite street food.

The PM — who acknowledges that he is on a mission to get Britons off junk food and whose favourite meal is a slow roast shoulder of lamb (a recipe by Jamie Oliver) — had no such food troubles when he dined in Delhi on Wednesday night.

Although staff at the city’s Taj Mahal hotel, where Cameron is staying, refused to reveal his meal preferences, a source told HT City that Cameron sent the right food signals when he dined at the modern Indian restaurant, Varq.

To charm Delhi’s street food aficionados, he ordered mini dahi bhalla, followed by ganderi kebab, served on small sugarcane sticks. And he ate it with the accompanying amchoor chutney.

It was the yellow daltadka that caught his fancy. He took several helpings of this dish, the source said.

In Bangalore on Tuesday night, Cameron kept it light and healthy and reportedly had a salad and fresh fruit at the hotel there.

Interestingly, the UK media gave him tips not to upset the Indians by talking about ‘Kashmir’ or ‘poverty’. He was also told not to overdo his “young, dynamic, no-nonsense” approach towards Indian politicians, who are “double his age and four times as grand”.