Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, who is Indian-American, decided to cook it as “comfort food” in honor of vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris on the eve of the election.
Ms. Harris’s mother was born in India, and she has spoken warmly of her love for the nation’s food.
Compulsive, night-before-election activity: make comfort food. That’s paneer tikka tonight, in honor of electing #KamalaHarris Veep tomorrow since she just said on Instagram that her favorite North Indian food is any kind of tikka! Let’s go, people! VOTE! #BidenHarris2020 pic.twitter.com/gqyT7BotgG
— Pramila Jayapal (@PramilaJayapal) November 3, 2020
But Jayapal’s version of paneer tikka created a stir among Indian Twitter users, with some fact-checking her recipe and pointing out that traditional paneer tikka is dry – and not served with gravy.
Others just made fun of her by putting up images of various dishes, but with the wrong names.
Paneer tikka is a vegetarian Indian dish, made of cottage cheese marinated in spices and grilled with vegetables, usually served with mint sauce and raw onions.