Mangaluru, Dec 20 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in Mangaluru overnight enroute to Lakshadweep to take stock of the situation in the aftermath of cyclone Ockhi, thanked Mangaluru or Kudla for its hospitality on dec 19, Tuesday.
Modi, who arrived in Mangaluru just after Gujarat assembly election results were declared on Dec 18, Monday night, tweeted to say thank you to the Mangaloreans for the warm hospitality in keeping with it’s tradition.
He tasted Mangalorean special morning breakfast, which consisted of Moode Tove (Kadabu bele saru), Sajjige Bajil (Uppittu, Avalakki), Sanjeera, Biscuit Rotti, Ragi manni, Neeru Dose with coconut chutney etc.
These Mangalore Snacks and food items were served to Modi at the Circuit House of . He tasted almost all the dishes and especially enjoyed the Moode Tove, Neeru Dose chutney and Avalakki. He did not take tea or coffee and had watermelon juice instead.
Modi cracked a joke with hotel staff saying that he usually takes a heavy breakfast, but "today it was a bit too heavy". "My weight increased 2 kgs," he added. Other than his bodyguards, no one was there during his breakfast at around 7am. Executive chef Devabrat Mandal of the Ocean Pearl restaurant led the food arrangements. PM Modi also took photos with Ocean Pearl restaurant staff.
It was a brief halt but Namma Kudla found its way to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s heart - through the traditional breakfast that he preferred over Gujarati fare. A lavish spread of breakfast staples awaited the PM as he arrived for breakfast at the circuit house following his overnight stay enroute Lakshadweep. A similar spread in a buffet awaited his entourage. When informed that a Gujarati breakfast too was ready, Modi preferred to have a go at the local cuisine, said an assistant food and beverage manager of the hotel that was contracted to serve the PM. "Mangaluru food dena," was his request, the manager said, adding that the PM said he was used to a "heavy breakfast".
Top marks seem to have gone to sajjige-bajil, Kudla’s light breakfast combination of poha and upma. Modi was curious to know what this dish was, the assistant food and beverage manager said . "He was happy to note that it was an energiser that most here start their day with."