Top global leaders who will dine with PM Narendra Modi today in New York, will be treated to an elaborate spread showcasing a host of festive Indian delicacies. But not many may know that several ingredients that went into the making of the 11-course menu, presented by Michelin-starred chef Vikas Khanna, were handpicked by the chef from Delhi’s Jama Masjid market.
“He bought seviyan, dry fruits, spices and other ingredients from Jama Masjid. He also took some special utensils from Chandni Chowk with him,” Khanna’s official representative told us. While the dinner, hosted at the renowned Waldorf Astoria hotel, will showcase India’s cultural and religious heritage, Khanna’s idea is to present an avant garde version of festive Indian dishes.
“He wants to dispel the myth that Indian food is oily and unhealthy. That is why he has given the dishes a contemporary twist,” adds the representative. The desserts that will be served at the dinner will include Seviyan rolls, rose crust pedas, crème brûlée rice kheer, saffron sheermaal coconut stir fry coulis and other unique desserts such as Chaat Masala Caramel and Chai Crystals.