Donald Trump was presented with challenging choices at beef-free state dinner in India

Donald Trump’s menu for his visit to India pushed him far out of his comfort zone, with the president offered vegetarian dishes and even goat.   

President Trump first refused to anything served at a vegetarian luncheon hosted Monday by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, a strict vegetarian.

He and Melania passed up broccoli and corn samosas and the local specialty khaman – a spiced chickpea flower dish – and also turned down apple pie and vanilla ice cream served for dessert alongside kaju katli, a sweet dish with made with cashews, the Hindustan Times reported. 

And then on Tuesday came a new test for a president who loves steak and hamburgers but was in a country whose majority Hindu community are prohibited from eating beef: a multi-course state dinner.

In a gesture of friendship Indian presidential palace chefs whipped up traditional dishes while tossing in some American flavors – but journalists were not allowed in the dining room to see if he touched the food.

Donald Trump, known for his love of hamburgers and steaks, was forced to part with beef during his visit to India where he met with President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind

A rice dish called deg ki biryani  and dum gosht biryani were served for the meat eaters

A rice dish called deg ki biryani  and dum gosht biryani were served for the meat eaters 

A menu from Trump's luncheon with Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday followed a strict vegetarian diet and served broccoli samosas - but Trump touched none of it

A menu from Trump’s luncheon with Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday followed a strict vegetarian diet and served broccoli samosas – but Trump touched none of it 

Vegetarian samosas, similar to the ones Trump was served, are pictured. They are traditional Indian street food

Vegetarian samosas, similar to the ones Trump was served, are pictured. They are traditional Indian street food 

The president and first lady attended the state dinner at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the ornate presidential palace. Meals are an important part of state visits where business is conducted over breakfast, lunch and dinner.  

Hamburger-loving Donald Trump’s beef-free state dinner menu in India

STARTERS

Aloo tikki – ‘aloo’ means potato. It is a a dish made out of boiled potatoes, peas, and various curry spices Paalak papdi – a dish made of fried spinach leaves. ‘Paalak’ meaning spinach and ‘papdi’ meaning crust. Both are typical street foodLemon coriander shorba soup – shorba or ‘chorba’ is an Indian soup or stew 

DINNER  

Salmon tikka – ‘tikka’ refers to small pieces of meat, fish or vegetables marinated in a mixture of spices – but these were Cajun spiced rather than in local spicesDum guchi matar – ‘dum’ means to cook with steam and ‘guchi’ refers to the Himalayan morel mushrooms in the dish, while ‘matar’ refers to peas Dal Raisina –  the signature dish of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the presidential palace. ‘Dal’ is a lentil stew served with most meals in India, and ‘raisina’ is used to describe the seat of the government of IndiaDum gosht biryani – ‘biryani’ is an Indian rice dish, while ‘gosht’ means tender meat, typically goat. There was also a vegetarian biryana

DESSERT 

Malpua with rabri – ‘malpua’ is a pancake served as a dessert and ‘rabri’ is a sweet, condensed-milk-based dish

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