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SHAKIRA'S INDIA concert was part of her tour for the album Oral Fixation. According to the Latino sensation 'my mouth is my biggest source of pleasure, my most accessible vehicle to discover and enjoy the world.' Keen to get a taste of Indian cuisine...

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Published: Thu 29 Mar 2007, 11:04 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:47 PM

shakirashe was left 'teary-eyed' after a restaurant at Kala Ghoda served up a spicy spread of leg 'burra' (chunks of lamb barbecued in tandoor), chicken 'reshmi kabab', 'prawn kabab', 'fish tikka', 'vegetable sheekh kabab' and 'vegetable shammi kabab' for starters.

Those present at the restaurant said all the mirchi soon turned her eyes so moist that her brother Tony and her secretary promptly went up to the restaurant manager and asked him to give her 'only moderately spicy food' for the main course.

'Shakira's brother and secretary asked me to cut down on the chilly,' restaurant manager Sheikh revealed, adding though that 'Shakira later confessed she loved our Indian cuisine. She particularly relished the Afghani chicken.'

Apart from her brother and secretary, Shakira was accompanied by her fiancé Antonio de la Rua, son of former president of Argentina Fernando de la Rua. A table for 10 had been booked for her team and a part of the restaurant cordoned off.

For the main course, Shakira settled for the 'moderately spicy' 'Mughlai chicken', 'khyber raan', 'rara chicken', 'dal palak', 'alu gobi' and an assortment of Indian bread and also ordered cinnamon tea and masala tea along with the food.

For dessert, she called for 'kulfi' with 'falooda', 'gulab jamun' and 'rasmalai'.

Sources added that once the gathering settled down, jokes were cracked and the conversation veered from Marine Drive to Cairo. Shakira also said she was anxious about her concert at Cairo.

'She is a little anxious (about the Cairo trip) and was discussing weather conditions there with her team-mates,' sources noted. And the last thing she did before leaving India was to learn some dance moves. Dance choreographer Sandip Soparrkar was requested to "update" her on some Latin-American moves.

'She knew the basic steps but she wanted to learn some new moves. I taught her how to incorporate some Latin American steps,' says Soparrkar.

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