To celebrate India-Australia trade deal, Oz Premier Morrison cooks ‘khichdi’ | India News

CANBERRA (Reuters) – To celebrate the new trade deal with India, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison took to Instagram on Saturday to post a photo showing him preparing khichdi, the favorite dish of his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.
On April 2, India and Australia signed an economic and trade cooperation agreement under which Canberra would provide duty-free access to its market for more than 95% of Indian products such as textiles, leather, jewelry and sporting goods.
“To celebrate our new trade deal with India, the curries I have chosen to cook for curry night tonight are all from my dear friend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Gujarat province, including his favorite khichdi” , Morrison posted on his official Instagram account on Saturday.

“Jen, the girls and mom all approve,” he said, referring to his family.
The post, along with a photo, has already garnered over 11,000 likes and over 800 comments.
In several interviews, Prime Minister Modi has expressed his love for the humble khichdi, a traditional Indian dish made from rice, lentils, vegetables and spoonfuls of ghee and said he loves cooking it.
This isn’t the first time Morrison has taken social media by storm with his cooking skills.
In May 2020, Morrison posted a photo on Twitter of himself holding a tray of ‘ScoMosas’, a fried potato-stuffed snack, which he said was made from scratch and said: ‘They are vegetarian and I would have liked to share them with him (Modi).
“Sunday ScoMosas with mango chutney, all made from scratch – including the chutney!” the Australian Prime Minister shared on Twitter.
The India-Australia Economic and Trade Cooperation Agreement was signed by Minister for Trade and Industry Piyush Goyal and Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan during a virtual ceremony earlier this month, attended by Prime Minister Modi and his Australian counterpart Morrison.
“This is truly a watershed moment for India-Australia relations,” Prime Minister Modi 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 billion to $50 billion over the next five years, Goyal said.
Australia is India’s 17th largest trading partner, while New Delhi is Canberra’s 9th.
Bilateral trade in goods and services stood at $27.5 billion in 2021. India’s goods exports were worth $6.9 billion and imports were worth $15.1 billion in 2021.

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