In preparation for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming trip to the United States, a restaurant in New Jersey has launched a special ‘Modi ji thali,’ as per a report by news agency ANI. Crafted by Chef Shripad Kulkarni, the ‘Modi ji thali’ showcases an array of delectable dishes, including khichdi, rasgulla, sarson ka saag, Kashmiri dum aloo, idli, dhokla, chaach, papad, and more. These additions were made in response to the requests of the local Indian diaspora. ANI shared a video featuring Kulkarni, where he presents the vibrant thali and provides further insights into this exclusive offering.
Additionally, the restaurant owner plans to launch another thali dedicated to External Affairs Minister (EAM) S. Jaishankar in the near future. Expressing confidence in its success, he stated, “We have plans to introduce this thali soon. I am optimistic that it will gain popularity. Once it establishes itself, we also intend to launch a Dr. Jaishankar Thali, as he holds immense appeal among the Indian American community.” This initiative also commemorates the United Nations’ declaration of 2023 as the International Year of Millets, following a recommendation by the Indian government in 2019. Asian News International(ANI), tweeted the following video
#WATCH | A New Jersey-based restaurant launches 'Modi Ji' Thali for PM Narendra Modi's upcoming State Visit to the US. Restaurant owner Shripad Kulkarni gives details on the Thali. pic.twitter.com/XpOEtx9EDg— ANI (@ANI) June 11, 2023
During his maiden state visit to the US, PM Modi will be hosted by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden for a dinner on June 22. Notably, he will become the first Indian Prime Minister to address a joint session of the US Congress for the second time. Indian Americans have organised an ‘India Unity Day’ march in 20 major cities across America on June 18 to extend a warm welcome to PM Modi. On June 21, several prominent Indian-Americans will join PM Modi in New York’s UN complex to participate in the International Yoga Day event. Furthermore, on June 22, over 7,000 Indian Americans are expected to gather on the South Lawns of the White House for a grand reception, accompanied by a 21-gun salute. PM Modi will also deliver speeches to CEOs of major US companies at the John F. Kennedy Centre in Washington, followed by an address to the Indian diaspora at the Ronald Reagan Centre in DC in the evening.