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Where's the Aloo? Broccoli Corn Samosa for Donald Trump is Giving Netizens a Bad Taste

Will 'broccoli samos'  win Donald and Melania Trump's heart? | Image credit: Twitter/Reuters

Will 'broccoli samos' win Donald and Melania Trump's heart? | Image credit: Twitter/Reuters

Trump's breakfast menu also includes vegetarian Gujarati delicacies like Khaman and the delectable kaju katli and apple pie for dessert.

Rakhi Bose
  • News18.com
  • Last Updated: February 24, 2020, 12:04 PM IST
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Donald Trump may be big on beef steak but Indians seem to be determined to make the President of the United States eat his vegetables.

In the run up to Trump's visit, many wondered what the aggressively non-vegetarian President, whose eating habits often make the news (and not for the best reasons), will eat on his maiden visit to India. After all, beef steaks and "gau-raksha" don't often go hand in hand. So how to create a vegetarian menu that perfectly symbolises the East meets West aesthetic that Indians love to glorify? Enter the "broccoli corn samosa".

Created specially for Trump by Ahmedabadi chef Suresh Khanna, the ultra-fusion dish will be served to Trump as part of his maiden Indian meal. First Lady Melania along with daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner would also be served the same. The first family will be spending the first leg of the trip in Ahmedabad to attend the grand and symbolic Namaste Trump event before heading to the customary Taj Mahal outing in Agra.

The breakfast menu which will be served at Gandhi Ashram also includes vegetarian Gujarati delicacies like Khaman and the delectable kaju katli and apple pie for dessert. The full menu from tweeted by a journalist soon went viral on Twitter.

Indians are big on food and hospitality. So it was of no surprise that as soon as the menu appeared on social media, netizens were instantly all over it. And while the vegetarian menu failed to inspire many compliments, the "revolting" broccoli samosa did manage to cause "gross affront" to some senses.

Samosas are fried corflour snacks stuffed with spicy mashed potato, peas, peanuts and sometimes chunks of cottage cheese. It is the aloo, in fact, that gives samosa its unique taste. The association is so strong that the phrase "samose mein aloo" has become almost idiomatic in India and has even found its way to popular Bollywood songs. So when chef Khanna of Fortune Landmark, the man behind the special broccoli corn samosa, decided to swap the potato for the greens, many were shocked.

Prepared specially for Trump by chef Khanna, the samosa has been created in accordance with Gujarat's climate. According to the chef, broccoli and corn are healthier and easier on the palate than potato and cottage cheese, especially in Gujarat's heat. The "lighter" version of the snack is meant to ensure Trump gets to explore Indian cuisine while also enjoying good health.

However, not many were sold on the health argument either.

Along with the dishes, the President will also be provided a bunch of packaged foods and beverages like coconut water in tetra packs, canned juice, assorted cookies, assorted teas and dry fruits including roasted cashews and almonds, dry dates apricot. But even this part drew criticism.

Trump, who is set to land in India within minutes, will spend two days in the country with the Indian government hoping the trip ends with a n eagerly awaited trade deal and a ramping up of bilateral defence and strategic ties. However, the trip may fail to ease thorny issues such as trade tariffs that could mar Indo-US relations in the long run.

In the first leg of the visit, the POTUS, who is also accompanied by wife family as well as top brass of his administration, will get a taste of India's cultural potpourri during his Gujarat itinerary which is high on symbolism, especially after the bonhomie between the two leaders at the 'Howdy, Modi!' event in Houston during the Indian prime minister's visit to the US in September 2019.

He will then leave for Delhi for the main leg of the visit during which restricted and delegation-level talks between Trump and Modi will be held at Hyderabad House on Tuesday.

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