California Senator and Democratic presidential aspirant Kamala Devi Harris took a break from campaigning and cooked up some masala dosas. She wasn’t alone though. Joining Harris was comedian, actress and writer Mindy Kaling.
As they chopped onions and potatoes in Kaling’s Los Angeles home, to make the filling for their masala dosas, the two bonded over their South Indian roots, sharing their families’ stories. Although Harris had never made a dosa before, she helped her host by chopping onions and her to make the filling for the dosa.
The two also shared a light moment when Kaling told her that she puts peas and cashews in her version of the potato masala. When Harris paused a bit, seeming cope with the changes in the traditional recipe, Kaling called her out and said, "OK, your silence is damning.”
There was another moment of relatabiliy when Harris noticed something on the kitchen counter top that she could instantly relate too: spices in Taster's Choice jars, something her mother would also do. “Turns out Mindy Kaling and I have more in common than we initially thought," Harris said after the video was released.
There was also a surprise guest, Kaling’s father Avu Chokalingam.
The video, titled “Mindy and Kamala make masala dosa,” has hit more than half a million views on Twitter alone and also received acclaim from some well-known desis.
“Loved all of this,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, while former Obama Administration official and actor Kal Penn wrote: "Dear 12-Year-Old Me, one day, one of the funniest people on TV will cook a meal with a progressive US senator who happens to be running for president and they'll both be strong Indian American women. Your Future Self.”
Gautam Raghavan, chief of staff to Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal tweeted: “In which two South Indian American women—one @mindykaling a TV celebrity, the other @KamalaHarris a candidate for President—make dosa & eat with their hands & the whole world loves it & I feel all the #DesiPride.”
This is not the first time that Kaling has shared a video of her cooking. She’s been sharing cooking videos online for some time now. She has been a longtime supporter of Harris. In an interview with CNN this summer, she said she believed in Harris. “I think she's a really exciting candidate, and I like her stances on so many issues that are important to me,” she told CNN.
In the past year or so, Harris, who of African and Indian descent, has been warming up to the Asian-American and the Indian-American community. On campaign trails, events and during the debate, Harris has been seen embracing her Indian identity.
She has shared personal anecdotes about events that shaped her thoughts and her ideals, has reflected on her visits to India, where she accompanied her grandfather, who had fought for India’s independence, on his morning walks, and on her growing-up in California with an Indian mother and a Jamaican father. She has also spoken about her family’s lineage as well as their commitment to “standing up for what’s right” and urged those in attendance to join the "collective fight" against hate and division.