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Are Indians obsessed with the biryani?

Updated: Jan 30

India, being the land of diversity, is also diverse in its cuisine. From north to south and east to west, India can boast of a rich culinary heritage. Food differs from state to state. Each state would have 100 different ways to make the same dish.

But if there is one dish that is popular across the country, it is the 'biryani'. Biriyani also can be made in innumerable ways. Whether it is made of chicken, meat, or vegetables, biriyani is always a crowd-pleaser. The most famous ones include the Hyderabadi Biryani, Malabar Biryani, Dindigul Thalapakkaty Biryani, Ambur Biryani, Awadhi Biryani, Calcutta Biryani etc. How many varieties have you tried?

Has biryani cast its magic spell on you? Are you obsessed with biryani? When the hunger starts, the aroma of a hot steaming biriyani is so inviting. You will be so restless until it reaches your mouth. Are you not drooling thinking about Biryani now?

a plate of biryani

It seems that biryani has become more than just a dish. It has the power to lift our spirits and comfort us in times of need. Whether we're feeling down or elated, a serving of biryani can work its magic and leave us with a feeling of contentment and satisfaction. Indeed, it seems that a full belly truly is the secret to a happy mind.

Despite the availability of numerous food items on various food delivery apps, biryani remains the most ordered food item. Whether it is a crucial cricket or football match or a festival, biryani is the go-to choice for the majority of customers who order food through delivery apps like Swiggy and Zomato.

woman receiving food from delivery guy

What makes biryani so popular among people despite the availability of other options on the menu?

Is it the quantity of food? Is it because you get both rice and meat in a single dish at a reasonable price? If you were to order rice and curry separately, it would cost you more. Or is it simply because everyone, from children to old adults, loves it equally?

Biryani is a dish that appeals to all senses. The sight of a beautifully layered Biryani, garnished with fried onions, cashews, raisins, and coriander leaves, is a sight to behold. The aroma of the rice cooked along with meat, ghee, and spices is so mouth-watering that the moment it reaches your tongue, you feel bliss.

a plate of biryani presented beautifully

The love for biryani is immense, and as a result, more and more restaurants are launching their biryani brands. From the famous Paragon Biriyani of Kozhikode to Dindigul Thalapakatty Biryani, numerous hotels are opening new branches and expanding their network across the entire country. Every nook and corner of India has its version of Biryani.

Be it religious festivals, birthday parties, or marriages, biriyani will be the star item on the menu. It feels incomplete without Biryani. Hotels and restaurants are bringing innovative methods to prepare and serve this delicacy. In Kerala apart from Dum biryani, you get Bamboo biryani (a bamboo funnel is used to steam and serve), kizhi biriyani (biriyani steamed in banana leaf) or served in mud pots.

Food bloggers and chefs showcase their love for biryani through vlogs and cookery shows, with some bloggers even dedicating entire ebooks to the dish.

a food blogger recording cooking video

As a parent, I've come to appreciate the magic of biryani. My kids, usually picky eaters, absolutely love it, and I make it for them whenever I can. They love chicken biryani. I always search for new biryani recipes on Google, no matter how many times I've made it. When I started cooking, I frequently visited a website called "Marias Menu" for biryani recipes. Despite the abundance of biryani recipes available on YouTube, I still rely on my old recipe because I've tried it before and know it will turn out well.

Biryani is more than just a meal. It's an emotion. Whether you're feeling happy, sad, or disappointed, biryani has the power to lift your spirits and put a smile on your face. There's something about the taste and texture that just makes you feel content and satisfied. With a full belly, you'll have a happy mind, and that's why biryani is the perfect dish for any occasion. So go ahead, indulge in some biryani today, and experience the magic for yourself!

Which is your favorite biryani? Comment about your favorite Biryani moments.

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