Reena Pushkarna: The chef cooking for Modi in Israel

Reena Pushkarna reveals -- just a little -- to WION's Kartikeya Sharma what is on the menu for the Indian prime minister Photograph:( WION )

WION Web Team Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel Jul 05, 2017, 08.21 AM (IST)

By Deepali Mittal

Reena Pushkarna, the celebrity chef who has introduced Indian food to Israel by opening a chain called Tandoori, has been tasked with cooking for the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Israel.

Exclusive footage inside the kitchen of Reena Pushkarna reveals what is on the menu for the prime minister.

He was introduced to her ginger tea, aka adrak ki chai, yesterday, July 4th, and Pushkarna prepared her special cup of tea for him today too. "We have to have fresh ginger (adrak) all the time," she said. 

Pushkarna selected all the vegetables for Modi's lunch today herself, saying she always gets fresh food to maintain hygiene and nutritional value of the food.

Pushkarna was born in New Delhi in 1958 to a Sikh father and Jewish mother. She married Vinod Pushkarna, a graduate of the Merchant Marine Officers Training Ship in Bombay Harbour. Vinod served as a seaman for nine years before he and Reena decided to settle down in Israel.

She went on to say that PM Modi is a man of simple tastes who is satisfied with khichdi and adrak ki chaai (WION)



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The Indian-origin celebrity chef, who introduced Indian food to Israel, will be cooking for Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his trip