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25 April 2024

Pakistani taught US President Obama how to make 'kheema curry'

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There is more to US President Barack Obama than defying fiscal cliffs and beating the odds to be a two-term president in the most difficult of circumstances his country has ever seen.

There is his Pakistani room-mate at Harvard. And the fact that Obama learnt to cook kheema curry from him and in fact, now claims to be able to cook a very good version of the Indian-Pakistani non-vegetarian staple.

India-born celebrity chef Vikas Khanna was quoted by the Hindustan Times as saying, “Not many know that President Obama is not just a foodie but a great cook himself.”

Khanna had cooked an Indian cuisine dinner for the US President at a prestigious ceremony last year.

“He (Obama) called me and said, ‘Hey, you know what, I can also cook Indian food very well! In fact, I am great at cooking keema curry. I learnt it from my Pakistani roommate at the Harvard. You and I, let’s have a cook-off at the White house’,” chef Khanna is quoted by the Indian news website as saying.

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