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Portuguese PM treats Modi with special Gujarati vegetarian lunch

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a one-day visit to Portugal, was treated to a surprise vegetarian lunch with preparations from his home state Gujarat.

india Updated: Jun 24, 2017 20:27 IST
Prime Ministers Narendra Modi (left) and Antonio Costa at the Necessidades Palace, the Portuguese foreign ministry in Lisbon, Portugal, on June 24, 2017.
Prime Ministers Narendra Modi (left) and Antonio Costa at the Necessidades Palace, the Portuguese foreign ministry in Lisbon, Portugal, on June 24, 2017. (AP Photo)

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa on Saturday sprang a surprise for his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi when he hosted a special Gujarati vegetarian lunch for him that included dishes like ‘Aakhu Saak’ and ‘Mango Shrikhand’.

Aakhu literally means ‘whole’ and shaak simply means ‘curry’. It is a dish in which vegetable stuffing is heavily spiced and is wonderful for big get-togethers.

The other items on the menu included ‘Saag Kofta’, ‘Rajma aur Makai’, ‘Tarkha Daal’, ‘Kesar Rice’, ‘Parantha’, ‘Rotli’, ‘Papad’, and Gulab Jamun and other sweets.

Modi is the first Indian prime minister in Portugal for a bilateral visit. He has said his one-day visit to the country will further strengthen relations between India and Portugal.

Earlier in the day, Modi and Costa took a stroll around the Palacio das Necessidades, a historic building in the Largo do Rilvas, a public square in Lisbon.

Costa had visited India in January, when he went to see his family members at his ancestral house in Goa.