Each state of India offers its unique regional dishes and the US Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti, leaves no stone unturned in sampling all the items.
After trying the Maharashtrian food, he visited Tamil Nadu Bhawan in Delhi along with some of his colleagues, who explained the dishes to him, and had a wonderful time enjoying South Indian delicacies.
In a tweet, Mr. Garcetti said, “Vanakkam from Tamil Nadu Bhawan in Delhi! Today I tried the iconic South Indian thali on a banana leaf and I am so impressed with the complexity of these delicious South Indian delicacies. Chennai, you have my heart and I’m excited to see you soon.”
Vanakkam from Tamil Nadu Bhawan in Delhi! Today I tried the iconic South Indian thali on a banana leaf and I am so impressed with the complexity of these delicious South Indian delicacies. Chennai, you have my heart and I am delighted to see you soon. #AmbExploresIndiapic.twitter.com/HrUoiD0Dma
— US Ambassador Eric Garcetti (@USAmbIndia) June 14, 2023
In the video, he said that he should eat the food on the banana leaf and also without using cutlery (spoons and forks). He was also informed about the use of banana leaves. He also interacted with a few customers who were there in Bhawan to eat the food.
At the end of the video, he was heard saying, “They say the best way to reach someone’s heart is through their stomach. So Chennai, you got my heart today! And I can’t wait to see you soon.”
The video was appreciated by netizens and users had many suggestions for other foods he should try.
See some comments:
“Sir, it is said that when you eat with your hands, the body prepares the stomach for two things: the temperature and texture of the food that comes in. That’s why a meal always feels better when you eat with your bare hands. Great video and Have a nice trip to Chennai!” Mohan Prabhala said in a tweet.
amb @USAmbIndia Nice to see you exploring INDIA and Indian food. Welcome to Chennai. Also plan a trip to NIT TRICHY (TIRUCHIRAPPALLI). You name any top university – CMU, MIT, Stanford, U Penn – you will find META (MME) alumni from NIT Trichy. 😇Welcome to @ReachNITT
— Professor SankaraRaman Sankaranarayanan (@SteelProfessor) June 14, 2023
Eating in banana leaf is medically good for health.👌
We used to always have ready-to-eat food. Never used freezer or refrigerator to store food 😇
— Vijay (@Raisingsunvj) June 14, 2023
Welcome to Chennai Ambassador, this city is home to authentic South Indian food.
— Vijay Kumar S (@vijaythehindu) June 14, 2023
Earlier he and three of his colleagues tried out the Maharashtra dish at Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi. It was served with Kokum Sherbet, Vada Pav, Sabudana (sago) Khichdi, Bharli Vangi (a stuffed egg dish) with Bhakri and Saoji Mutton Curry.