It was an all-Rajasthani affair that was spread out for Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and his 40-member entourage here who had lunch with External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid.

From lip-smacking ‘Ker Sangri’ to mouth-watering ‘lal mass’, the Pakistani delegation was treated to assorted ’thali’ of Rajasthan’s finest delicacies.

Ashraf and his delegation, including 20 family members, were received at Sanganer Airport in Jaipur by Rajasthan government officials and he drove straight to the lunch venue, Rambagh Palace.

Set amidst elegant historical gardens spread over 47 acres, the palace, built by Maharaj Sawai Man Singh II of Jaipur, has been turned into a luxury hotel.

During the over one-hour luncheon meeting, the guests savoured on ‘Dhundaar Murg’, ‘Makkai Shahjadi’, ‘Dal Banjari’, ’Misi Roti’, ‘Khushka Naan’ among others.

For desserts, one had the option of the exquisite ‘rabri malpua’ and ‘malai kulfi’

Ashraf had landed in Jaipur from where he went to the Ajmer Sharif shrine and prayed for peace in his country.

(This article was published on March 9, 2013)
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