Why Was Paneer Tikka Trending During U.S. Elections? How Is Pramila Jayapal Connected To It?

Why is paneer tikka trending on Twitter during the current U.S. Presidential Elections? How is Vice Presidential Democrat Nominee Kamala Harris and Washington representative Pramila Jayapal connected to it? Find out below.

Tanvi Dhote

November 4, 2020

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The U.S Presidential Elections are currently all over the news and the internet. But while the votes are being counted, Twitter folks were busy discussing the recipe of Paneer Tikka. All thanks to a single tweet by U.S. representative Pramila Jayapal. Find out what Jayapal’s tweet was all about below.

Indian food has emerged as no less than a political tool in the U.S. Elections. Especially for the Vice Presidential Democrat Nominee Kamala Harris. Harris shared a dosa recipe online to connect with her American Indian voters. But this move backfired on the Democrat nominee as Twitter trolled her for not knowing how to whip up a dosa.

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Now, one of Kamala Harris’ supporters is getting trolled on Twitter once again. Washington State representative Pramila Jayapal recently posted a picture of home-cooked paneer tikka masala and dedicated the dish to Kamala Harris. Just like Harris’ dosa video, this picture also backfired.

In her Twitter post, Pramila Jayapal wrote, “Compulsive, night-before-election activity: make comfort food. That’s paneer tikka tonight. In honor of electing #KamalaHarris Veep tomorrow since she said on Instagram that her favorite North Indian food is any kind of tikka! Let’s go, people! VOTE! #BidenHarris2020”.

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Twitterati did not spare Pramila Jayapal for this mishap. They compared her Paneer Tikka to the original paneer tikka recipe. While some called her out for using Indian dishes to garner votes. The immense scrutiny on her tweet even led her to tweet the recipe of Paneer Tikka Masala. In her second tweet, she wrote, “By popular demand, the recipe for Paneer Tikka Masala, slightly adapted from the fabulous @twosleevers! You can either eat the tikka on its own, or add the masala (sauce) which is like a curry. Enjoy! Take a look at Pramila Jayapal’s tweets here.

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