Biryani is Maharani of online delivery – The Economic Times

Clipped from: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/opinion/just-in-jest/biryani-is-maharani-of-online-delivery/articleshow/88461038.cmsSynopsis

Cities where the murgh biryani has come out on top of the home delivery menu are Chennai, Kolkata, Lucknow and Hyderabad, with Mumbai choosing the more easily digestible daal khichdi as their No. 1 Swiggy-ordered khana.

You may have a wishlist of items for Santa to deliver tonight. But when it comes to paet puja – worship of the stomach – Indians have wished for a biryani meal the most this last year. In a survey conducted by food delivery aggregator Swiggy, over 115 biryanis have been ordered every minute in 2021, up from 90 in 2020. That’s a whopping 1.91 biryanis being ordered by someone, somewhere across India every second. And within the glorious ‘one-pot’ dish, it’s the chicken biryani that’s the most popular item ordered online – 4.3 times more than its vegetarian (sic) variety. Cities where the murgh biryani has come out on top of the home delivery menu are Chennai, Kolkata, Lucknow and Hyderabad, with Mumbai choosing the more easily digestible daal khichdi as their No. 1 Swiggy-ordered khana.

While the top snack ordered in 2021 is the samosa – 5 million orders on Swiggy, ahead of pav bhaji by 4.9 million, and six times more than chicken wings – it is the biryani that is maharani. The mutton biryani lingering behind is possibly because it is for more tender gourmands with more refined taste. But if there is a silver lining that Covid has brought to the country and its palate, it’s that it has made the Great Mughal Khana in its various forms more ubiquitous – and more easily consumed in the finger-licking comfort of home.

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