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SAARC leaders treated to vegetarian lunch at retreat

IANS 27 Nov 2014, 14:44:38 PM IST

Kathmandu: SAARC leaders were on Thursday treated to a vegetarian lunch, comprising green bean and potato curry and spiced mushroom curry among other delicacies, at the Dhulikhel resort near here on the concluding day of the two-day summit.

The leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Pakistani Premier Nawaz Sharif and host Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, were flown in the morning by chopper to the retreat for talks in an informal setting.

The appetizers at the luncheon at the Dwarika Resort comprised: Dumplings infused with spinach, carrot and beetroot, stuffed with seasonal vegetables and homemade cottage cheese, served with Himalayan spiced tomato pickle.

For salad, there was cucumber rolls filled with avocado, cheese and mizuna greens.

The main course was Nepali Thali, comprising green beans and potato curry, cauliflower curry, zucchini curry, sauted palung greens, sauted mustard greens, spiced mushroom curry, lentil kofta, homemade cottage cheese curry (paneer), black lentils with yam, organic rice (red, brown, black, white), chapatis (wheat and multi grain), assorted pickles, and ghee.

For dessert, there was a SAARC Symphony comprising assorted dishes like Afghanistan Baklava and Bangladesh Rasbari among others, according to the menu tweeted by India's external affairs ministry spokesperson.

Modi is a strict vegetarian.

The leaders are to return to Kathmandu after lunch for the formal closing ceremony.