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Obama impressed as 9-yr-old serves him 'garam masala' burger

The Indian-American girl Shreya Patel from Illinois served Barack and Michelle Obama the garam masala burger with Quinoa at the Kids' State Dinner at the White House.

world Updated: Jul 15, 2015 12:44 IST
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Shreya Patel was the winner from Illinois and served her Garam Masala burger with Quinoa at the Kids' State Dinner organised at the White House recently. (Image source:

The first couple of the US were left awestruck when a nine-year-old Indian American girl served them a 'garam masala' Quinoa Burger with 'raita' - and won a chance to dine with the First Lady at the White House.

The White House organised the fourth annual "Kids' State Dinner" recently, where Shreya Patel from Schaumburg, Illinois, was among 55 other young cooks who were given a red carpet welcome. The competition was to create a recipe for a healthy lunch, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Patel's garam masala quinoa burger with raita was chosen as the winning recipe from Illinois. She was invited for the lunch with Michelle Obama at a flower-bedecked table in the East Room on July 10. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle savoured her dish at the event and praised her effort, the daily said.

"I have watched my mom and grandma make all sort of delicious food in the kitchen with an Indian twist since I was born," Patel was quoted as saying on

"I have been helping them cook since I was three. I love to mix, measure, chop, and even clean up afterwards," she posted.

"My grandma and I came up with this recipe together because we both love sandwiches. We make this recipe often to take to school for lunch or even on picnics with friends," said Patel who aims to become a pharmacist like her father.

Her Quinoa Burger dish was enhanced with garam masala, cumin, ginger and grated serrano chillies.

The "Kids' State Dinner" contest was open to children aged eight to 12 and nearly 1,000 recipes were submitted. The menu featured Mediterranean rockin' roasted vegetables, vegetable confetti spring rolls and a California rainbow taco - with that famous "Barack-amole" married with "Mic-kale Obama Slaw," the report added.

First Published: Jul 15, 2015 11:17 IST