Tamil Nadu poll season is getting spiced up as Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was seen cooking along with the Village Cooking Channel, leaving popular YouTube channel in awe of the leader.
Gandhi was seen relishing a ‘kalaan biryani’ (mushroom biryani) and an onion side dish in traditional South Indian style. He even took part in the cooking process, preparing onion raitha, the ubiquitous Tamil Nadu side dish that matches any type of biryani.
Gandhi attempted at identifying the ingredients of the dish in their local tongue.
"Vengayam" he says, as he drops onion into vessel, following it up with "thayir" (curds) and "kalluppu" (rock salt).
The video seemed to have been shot during his Tamil Nadu visit when Gandhi toured the western parts and held election meetings last week. He was accompanied by Karur Congress MP S Jothimani and the party's Tamil Nadu in-charge Dinesh Gundu Rao.
He seemed to be satisfied with his culinary skills, to which one of the chefs pulled his leg saying, “You prepared it. So, it tastes good to you."
Gandhi and the others sat down on a mattress, with banana leaves spread, to indulge in the delicacy. Asking the members running the channel, he asked about their future plans.
"We want to cook in various parts of the world. The US, Thailand, Malaysia," says one young man, who is part of the team. Gandhi offered a helping hand putting forward a suggestion to speak to his friend in the US, Sam Pitroda.
"Shall I talk to Sam…Sam Pitroda? And they can go to Chicago and cook something," Gandhi said.
During the meal the Congress leader lauded the makers, saying the food was "romba nalla irukku" (it is very nice, in Tamil) even as he is seen enquiring what other delicacies they can cook.
“Next time, make me try the termite dish,” he said bidding goodbye to the group.
The video garnered a whopping 31.24 lakh views on social media.