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I’m the only US president to have a dal recipe: Barack Obama

Former US President Barack Obama said today that he can prepare “excellent” dalBSE 0.00 %, thanks to his Indian and Pakistani roommates whose mothers taught him the dish.

Former US President Barack Obama addresses young leaders at a town hall in New Delhi.

Former US President Barack Obama addresses young leaders at a town hall in New Delhi.

Obama said he was also good at making keema, but could not handle chapatis.

“Last night, I went to dinner and there was some dal. So people tried to explain to me what is dal. I explained to them that I knew what dal was because I had an Indian roommate and a Pakistani roommate whose mothers had taught me how to cook dal.”

Dal is a traditional dish made from lentils and is widely consumed in South Asia .

Asked whether he can prepare chapatis, the former US President said, “No, chapati is too hot. You have to get it right and flaky…it is difficult.”