President hosted wazwan-less dinner for SAARC leaders

Srinagar:  As President Pranab Mukherjee will host a private dinner for SAARC leaders and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his council of ministers in the Grey Room of Rashtrapati Bhavan, Kashmir’s cooks were found disgruntled on Monday for exclusion Kashmir’s traditional Wazwan from the VVVIPs menu.

“Wazwan has always been favorite cuisine for all the people of the nations. In India also, its lovers are many but now when all the dishes across the globe have been included, it is ironical that Wazwan has been ousted,” said a traditional Kashmir’s chef, Noor Mohammad, adding that his forefathers have served the Kashmir’s traditional cuisine to various world leaders who have visited valley in past.

He said that Kashmir’s traditional food has a unique place across the world and that its exclusion from the dinner that is being served after Modi’s oath ceremony as Prime Minister is ‘discriminatory’.

Details informed that the dinner for the SAARC leaders on Monday evening included  prawn stew, chicken chettinad, Jaipuri bhindi, dal makhni, steamed rice and assorted Indian breads. Mango shrikhand, pineapple halwa, sandesh and cut fruits will be part of the dessert menu. The attempt was to give an assortment of dishes from all over India. It will end with green tea, coffee and paan.

Wazwan is a multi-course meal in Kashmiri cuisine, the preparation of which is considered an art and a point of pride in Kashmiri culture and identity.[citation needed] Almost all the dishes are meat-based (lamb, chicken). It is popular throughout Kashmir and served internationally at Kashmiri food festivals. 

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