Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison cooks khichdi to celebrate trade deal with India

To celebrate the new trade deal with India, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison posted a picture on Instagram on Saturday of him preparing khichdi, the favorite dish of his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

On April 2, India and Australia signed an economic cooperation and trade agreement that would grant Canberra duty-free access to over 95 percent of Indian goods in its market, including textiles, leather, jewelry and sporting goods.

To celebrate our new trade deal with India, the curries I have prepared for curry night tonight are all from my dear friend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Gujarat province, including his favorite khichdi, which Morrison served on his official Saturday Instagram profile posted.

Jen, girl and mom all agree, he said, referring to his family.

The post, along with a picture, has already received over 11,000 likes and over 800 comments.

Prime Minister Modi has expressed his love for humble khichdi, a traditional Indian dish made with rice, lentils, vegetables and dabs of ghee, in several interviews, saying he loves to cook it.

It’s not the first time Morrison’s cooking has taken social media by storm.

In May 2020, Morrison posted a picture on Twitter holding a tray of ScoMosas, a fried snack filled with potatoes that he claimed was made from scratch, saying: You’re vegetarian and I would have liked to share them with him (modi).

Sunday ScoMosas with mango chutney, all homemade including the chutney! the Australian Prime Minister said on Twitter.

The India-Australia Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement was signed by Trade and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and Australia Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan in a virtual ceremony earlier this month in the presence of Prime Minister Modi and his Australian counterpart Morrison.

“This is truly a turning point for India-Australia relations,” Prime Minister Modi had said.

Morrison added that the pact will further deepen Australia’s close ties with India.

The deal will help boost bilateral trade from $27 billion to $45-50 billion over the next five years, Goyal said.

Australia is India’s 17th largest trading partner, while New Delhi is Canberra’s 9th largest partner.

Bilateral trade in goods and services amounted to USD 27.5 billion in 2021. India’s merchandise exports were US$6.9 billion in 2021 and imports were US$15.1 billion.

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Jaclyn Diaz

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