News Center –TDO-The opening ceremony of the “Indian Culinary Days” event held by Indian Embassy of Turkey was made in Ankara Hilton Hotel. Guests can visit the event until 2nd of February.
Indian Ambassador to Turkey Sanjay Bhattacharyya hosted the event, in which the vegan and vegetarian dishes of Indian culture were served to the guests. Heads of the foreign diplomatic missions, Indian community in Ankara and many other guests attended to the event.
Ambassador Sanjay Bhattacharyya made a speech and he said, "Today, we have a special event, because today you are going to taste the “Menu of Gandhi”. In other words, all foods you are going to taste are vegetarian foods. As is known, Mahatma Gandhi was a vegetarian.”
Ambassador Bhattacharyya also said, “India and Turkey relations have a long history. We traded spices thousands of years ago. We hope to revive this tradition during this week.”
Ambassador Bhattacharyya stated that he wanted to have a real Indian restaurant in Ankara as well as in some other places such as Istanbul and Cappadocia and he said that the Turks showed great interest to Indian cuisine.
Bhattacharyya also stated that the India and Turkey have a lot in common, and in cities such as Gaziantep and Şanlıurfa, people used intensive spices in their cuisine.
The food was prepared by the Indian Chef Rakesh Singh, who told that both Gandhi and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi love the food named “Khichadi” which includes rice, lentil and flavored with cumin, curry, pepper and oil.
Chef Singh also introduced other foods served in the event such as Biryani, which he said is a popular and delicious food, Paneer Butter Masala, which includes tomato sauce, butter, cream and has a sour-sweet taste, and Papari Chat, which is also a popular especially in Northern India.