Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will be cooking a wide array of dishes, including pulao, lamb and zarda rice, for the Olympic medal winners from the state. Singh is hosting a dinner for the Olympians at his farm house MohinderBagh in Mohali. Neeraj Chopra, the gold medal winner from neighbouring Haryana has been invited as well.
“From Patiala cuisine to pulao, lamb, chicken, aloo and Zarda rice, CM @capt_amarinder will prepare each of these delicacies himself to keep his promise to Punjab Olympic medal winners (& Neeraj Chopra) at the dinner he’s hosting for them tomorrow!” said Raveen Thukral, media advisor to the Punjab Chief Minister, in a tweet.
Amarinder Singh had invited the Tokyo Games stars from Punjab to a dinner, promising to cook for them, during an event last month.
“I am not too fond of eating but I do like cooking quite a bit. I will cook for all of you… All medallists will also be offered jobs by the Punjab government. We will have schools and roads named after you,” he said at the event.
The Olympic medal winners and participants were given cash awards worth over Rs 32 crore by the Chief Minister.
State Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, is not an invitee. However, his close aide PPCC general secretary in-charge Pargat Singh, a former hockey Olympian, has been invited for the dinner.
The CM, who also has a green thumb, is known for offering a culinary treat to his friends. Rajya Sabha members Partap Singh Bajwa often reminisces about the ‘dal-bukhara’ Amarinder’s used to cook for him during his latter’s first stint as CM from 2002 to 2007.
Amarinder’s promise to the Punjab players had come at the state-level function to honour them on August 12.