What do you serve for dinner at a meal where your guest of honor is fasting?

For the White House, the answer appears to be compressed avocado with goat cheese and baby bell peppers, crisped halibut with ginger carrot sauce, and mango creme brulee.

President Obama hosted new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on Monday for a working dinner, in a meeting pitched as an opportunity for the two leaders to meet for the first time and lay out their agenda for a series of bilateral talks on Tuesday.

But Modi, who is observing the Hindu festival of Navratri, is in the midst of a nine-day fast where all he consumes is water, occasionally flavored with lime.

The Indian prime minister smoothed over any etiquette questions by encouraging the others at the table to not “feel embarrassed and please continue with your food,” Syed Akbaruddin, a spokesman for the Indian Foreign Ministry told The Wall Street Journal.

The Embassy of India in the U.S. tweeted a picture of the menu, which also included succotash, roti crisps and saffron basmati rice.

Last week, press secretary Josh Earnest said the White House tries “to be respectful of the needs of all of the high-profile visitors that come to the White House and to be respectful of their observances.”

"If Prime Minister Modi or other members who are participating in that working dinner and choose not to eat based on their own religious or cultural observance, then we'll certainly work to accommodate their needs as best we can," Earnest said.

On Tuesday morning, the two leaders will meet again in the Oval Office, after which they are expected to meet with reporters.