The menu for the dinner was essentially formulated around the world-famous Awadhi cuisine, which originates from the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
The Awadhi cuisine, which involves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, is influenced by the Mughal cooking techniques. It can otherwise be described as the royal Nawabi food.
Shorba and mulagatani soups were served as starters. Main course comprised of chingara jammu prongs, fish and green-chilly lamb, kakori kababs, mughlai chicken, gobi, dal dampukht, rice pulao and, of course, a variety of Indian breads.
The first couple enjoyed desserts such as kesar phirni and mava poti while enjoying the company of guests such as Sonia Gandhi, Pranab Mukherjee, Rahul Gandhi, A K Antony, P Chidambaram, S M Krishna and Sharad Pawar, senior BJP leader LK Advani and Arun Jaitley.
While leaders like Anand Sharma, Prithviraj Chavan, Salman Khursheed and US Ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer, besides Sam Pitroda and Montek Singh Ahluwalia were also part of the guestlist, Barack and Michelle Obama also got a chance to socialise with Indian achievers icons from other fields
such as business, sports and entertainment.
Business leaders Azim Premji, Ratan Tata, Swati Piramal and N R Narayanamurthy; Bollywood personalities like Aamir Khan, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akthar; Chess master Viswanathan Anand and Environmental activist Sunita Narain were present at the dinner.