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Americans Love Chicken— and so Do Indians

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
February 2022
Americans Love Chicken— and so Do Indians

Chicken is the most consumed meat in America, thanks partly to fast-food franchises such as Popeyes, Chick-fil-A and KFC that have made chicken sandwiches almost as popular as hamburgers.

Chicken is also extremely popular in India, according to an annual report from Swiggy, the online food ordering and delivery platform.

Swiggy’s annual StatEATstics report indicated that in 2021, for the sixth year in a row, chicken biryani was the most popular dish in India.

Indians ordered 115 biryanis per minute (almost two per second), compared with 90 per minute in 2020. Chicken biryani was ordered 4.3 times more than vegetarian biryani. If this trend continues, India might have to put chickens on its endangered species list.

While America faced occasional poultry shortages in 2021, the same could happen in India. Chicken biryani lovers (CBLs) might want to encourage their friends and acquaintances to follow the eating patterns in Delhi and consume more dal makhani. Dal makhani was the No. 1 dish in Delhi, while another vegetarian dish was tops in Mumbai: dal khichdi.

CBLs might want to buy billboards that say: “Dal makhani and dal khichdi—they taste great and they’re good for you!”

Chicken biryani was the most popular dish in four large cities: Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Lucknow.

If that isn’t enough, chicken biryani was the most common first dish ordered, thanks to 4.25 lakh new users on Swiggy. Moreover, “chicken biryani cut” was the fourth most ordered meat item from Swiggy’s Meat Stores, which means that people are cooking a lot of chicken biryani at home.

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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

[Comments? Contributions? We would love to hear from you about Chai Time. If you have contributions, please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]

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