Rahul Gandhi posted a video on his YouTube channel on the last day of 2023, in which he is seen preparing marmalade with mother Sonia Gandhi.
The Congress leader made the marmalade from scratch with his mother following a recipe of Priyanka Gandhi.
As they waited for the oranges to boil, Sonia Gandhi said Rahul’s stubbornness annoys her a lot as she is also very stubborn. On a quality that she likes the most about Rahul, she said Rahul Gandhi is very caring.
“It’s my sister’s recipe, not mine, She found the recipe and improved it. I am just implementing it,” Rahul Gandhi said. The process started with the mother-son duo visiting the garden to pluck small oranges, washing them and juicing them. “If BJP people want to get the jam, they can get it too. What do you say, mummy?” Rahul Gandhi said. “They will throw it at us,” Sonia Gandhi replied. “That’s good, then we can pick it up again,” Rahul Gandhi said laughing.
The best cook in the family was Sonia Gandhi’s mother who learnt many recipes from the Gandhis’ Kashmiri relatives, Rahul Gandhi said. “When an Indian person goes abroad…I am not talking about today because there are Indian restaurants everywhere…you cannot adjust to the foods in the UK or elsewhere. Similarly, when I came here, it took me time to adjust,” Sonia Gandhi said.
Sonia said it took her time to adjust to Indian flavours, especially the chillies and also green coriander. “She didn’t like achaar also earlier, but now she likes it,” Rahul Gandhi said. As Sonia Gandhi explained how she adjusted and then fell in love with Indian food, she said now every time she comes from abroad the first thing she wants to have is arhar (toor) daal and rice.
In the video, Rahul Gandhi said he picked up basic cooking skills when he was studying in England as he had no choice then. “A huge amount of political fight has been about food. Gandhiji had a particular vision about food — vegetarian, goat milk and he had a set of nutritional ideas. I also have a set of nutritional ideas, slightly different than Gandhiji’s,” Rahul said.
The video has garnered over 7.5 lakh views since it was posted on Sunday afternoon.