Charles has Dhokla at Rashtrapati Bhavan

Last Updated: Oct 02, 2010, 20:12 PM IST

New Delhi: It was a treat of `Dhokla`, `samosa` and `pineapple halwa` for Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker Bowles when they met President Pratibha Patil at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Prince Charles and his wife Duchess of Cornwall Bowles spent time with the president in her study who apprised the VIP couple about various projects including the "Roshni" under which eco-friendly measures like using solar energy to electrify the Rashtrapati Bhavan, officials said.

They later took a stroll in the Mughal Garden and spent some time near the musical fountain where the couple showed their keenness in Ayurveda medicine.

The Duchess of Cornwall also shared her experience at Bangalore with the president.

The president told the visiting couple, who are here in connection with the opening ceremony of Commonwealth Games tomorrow, that there was a scope of surgery in Ayurveda for various ailments.

They were later served with various Indian delicacies including Dhokla, Pineapple Halwa, fish finger, aloo-mattar ke samose.

Prince Charles was very happy to eat Dhokla and pineapple halwa, a dish introduced in Rashtrapati Bhavan by the president herself.

"Prince Charles and his wife informed the president that they loved to have vegetarian dishes," an official said.

The visiting VIP couple will be visiting other parts of the country including Jodhpur and Amritsar.

PTI