A burger in honour of Canada’s first Sikh defence minister Harjit Sajjan

The snack has been named ‘The Minister of National Deliciousness’


India At Large staff

Canada’s first Sikh defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan now has a chicken burger named after him and it is called ‘The Minister of National Deliciousness’.

Sajjan tasted the burger for the first time at the Cannibal Cafe in Vancouver recently. Sajjan, who represents the riding of Vancouver-South, was in town for his government’s first ministers’ meeting. The politician decided to stop by the eatery to try out his namesake burger.

He later tweeted, “National Deliciousness indeed! Tried my namesake burger at Vancouver’s The Cannibal Cafe and was not disappointed.”

The master chef behind the burger, Zai Kitagawa, said that he started thinking of the burger right after Sajjan’s appointment. “If there’s a man that a Canadian can be proud of, it’s definitely Mr Sajjan,” he said.

The ‘Minister of National Deliciousness’ burger features a tandoori-spiced chicken patty smothered in butter chicken sauce, jalapeno and pressed yogurt with mint, cilantro, lettuce, tomato and cucumbers. Kitagawa even included onion pakodas to give the burger a Punjabi flavour.

The 45-year-old Sajjan was named Canada’s defence minister in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s 30-member Liberal cabinet in November last year.

Before politics, Sajjan was a detective investigating gangs for the Vancouver Police Department and a regimental commander in the Canadian Armed Forces decorated for his service in Afghanistan. Sajjan was also the first Sikh-Canadian to command a Canadian army reserve regiment.

Sajjan was born in Bombeli, a village in the Hoshiarpur district of Punjab, India. He along with his mother and older sister immigrated to Canada in 1976 when he was five years old to rejoin their father who had left for British Columbia two years prior to work in a sawmill.

While his family was getting established in their new life in Canada, his mother worked on berry farms in BC’s Lower Mainland during the summer, and Sajjan and his sister would frequently join her. Sajjan grew up in a neighbourhood in South Vancouver. Sajjan’s father Kundan Sajjan was a police officer in India, and is a member of the World Sikh Organization (WSO), a Sikh advocacy group.

He married Kuljit Kaur Sajjan, a family doctor, in 1996, and has a son and a daughter with her.

Pics courtesy: Twitter



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