Election campaigns are in full swing in the United States. One such person campaigning for the upcoming elections is 70-year-old US Senator Elizabeth Warren. Warren made an appearance on the Brown & Black Democratic Presidential Forum on Vice News. The forum had political leaders talking about minority community, their rights, healthcare and the likes. Senator Elizabeth Warren was asked to name her favourite Indian dish during a certain segment of the show. Much to the delight of Indians, she did have a dish to name, which news reporter Zohreen Shah shared on her Twitter handle. However, her response to the question has Twitterati confused.
.@ewarren is asked about her favorite Indian food at @vicenews' #BrownandBlack forum:
"It's like big tapioca. And you serve it with daal!" she says.
If you know what she's referring to, feel free to chime in.
— Zohreen Shah (@Zohreen) January 20, 2020
"It's like big tapioca. And you serve it with daal!" was what Elizabeth Warren had said at the forum. Journalist Zohreen Shah asked Twitterati to help her in figuring out what the senator was referring to. But everyone was equally confused! The reactions on Twitter ranged from surprised to disdainful to plain curious. Here are some of the reactions:
I think sabudana khichdi (I've never had it)— ???? senator swats ???? (@swatnot) January 20, 2020
I think she's talking about Boba and doesn't actually know what daal is lmao— Joelle ???? (@plurellemaths) January 21, 2020
The group text believes it to be boondi raita— Vriti (@vrimjai) January 21, 2020
I assumed she meant kheer but I've never had it with daal— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) January 20, 2020
Wait who eats sabudana khichdi with dal???— Rishi Iyengar (@Iyengarish) January 21, 2020
She's referring to Idli, served with Sambhar.— A (@arrm567) January 22, 2020
Tapioca with kootu, a form of dal, that's a Kerala dish, exotic choice— Suryanarayan Ganesh (@gsurya) January 21, 2020
I don't really know what Tapioca is. Google says it's some starch that goes into kheer, which confuses me further. How does that go with daal?— Relentlessly Hasan (@RelentlessYapp) January 20, 2020
Guesses by Twitterati ranged from 'Sabudana Khichdi' to 'Boondi Raita' to 'Dhokhla' to 'Idli Sambhar'. However, people still could not confirm what she meant by the reference to the starch Tapioca. On running a search on the term, some users concluded that it was used to thicken the Indian rice pudding kheer. Other users guessed that she may be referring to a Keralite dish, since Tapioca is mostly had in the Southern Indian state. Other Twitter users got confused by the reference of 'dal' in the dish that Elizabeth Warren was mentioning, since most dishes that the users guessed were eaten alone.
Tell us your guess in the comments below!
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