Manmohan Singh: in China
he relishes his dal and roti
Oct 24 (IANS) He once had to make do with just curd and rice
at a multilateral summit. Now Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's
back up team in China is ready to face any crisis and carries
all necessary provisions, including at times the humble bhindi
(okra), so a meal can be rustled up for the frugal eater.
his predecessor Atal Bihari Vajpayee who was a self confessed
foodie and relished gourmet meals, Manmohan Singh is a man
of simple tastes who likes dal, vegetables and roti.
in the entourages of all prime ministers that go abroad, cooks
too are part of the backup team and Manmohan Singh's is no
is a careful and small eater. His meals are light comprising
dal, roti and a sabzi (vegetable dish)," said Vijay Bhoy,
the prime minister's cook who is part of the delegation to
Japan and China.
who has been with Manmohan Singh for nearly a decade and takes
turns going abroad with another cook Shankar Brajapati, said
the prime minister also preferred sugar free desserts.
have been abroad with the prime minister almost seven times
and it has been an interesting experience," said the
prime minister's support team carries all the necessary provisions.
Insiders in the Prime Minister's Office said Manmohan Singh
once faced a problem at a multilateral summit a couple of
years ago where the only thing he could eat was just rice
was slightly embarrassing and we decided to carry the right
provisions after that particular trip," an official,
who refused to be identified, told the accompanying IANS correspondent.
chef of the ITDC-affiliated Ashoka Group of Hotels M.S. Gupta
said recently that Manmohan Singh had special preference for
grilled items and sugar-free desserts.
president Sonia Gandhi, on the other hand, is a soup-lover,
Gupta, who had recently invented a special soup for her made
of pumpkin, had disclosed.