Among the many vehement wars waged on Twitter routinely is the one on food. One of the oldest in that category is over the biryani. This time around, the trigger is a banner of a popular Pune restaurant circulating online that has claimed everything else apart from Hyderabadi Biryani to be pulao. The photo has triggered a debate among biryani lovers with people from each region claiming theirs as the best even as others are miffed by the “food purist”.
The photo of the banner, which is being widely shared online, from Reddit to WhatsApp and other social media sites, is from a restaurant chain Ancient Hyderabad. Under ‘Biryani Policy’, the eatery has written: “All types of biryanis other than Hyderabadi Biryani will be referred to as pulao. Bombay and Pakistani biryani henceforth will be strictly called as Mutton masala rice.”
Remarking on the age-old controversy of aloo in biryani, the restaurant said: “Calling anything with aloo is illegal. Any rice potato mix will henceforth be called Batata wada rice.”
While people who love Hyderabadi cuisine agreed with their classification, supporters of Kolkata Biryani and those from Lucknow are fuming. Some from Kerala are disappointed that their biryani has failed to find even a passing mention and “never got the respect it deserved”. Many supporters of ‘veg’ (vegetable) biryani, too, were angry with the pulao analogy as those against it replied, “What’s a biryani without gosht”.
Check out some of the responses the photo got on Twitter.
There is nothing but truth in this Biryani Policy. There is no lie. https://t.co/6qhO3tur6T
a declaration of war https://t.co/l7PxHCNndt
— KAMLESH SINGH / BANA (@kamleshksingh) July 1, 2020
Any biryani without potato or egg in it isn’t even fit to be called biryani https://t.co/i9ZLcbHNuU
— Debasish Roy Chowdhury (@Planet_Deb) July 2, 2020
Bring it on! Nothing beats the sofistiketed, aromatic Lucknow biryani!
— Citizen!!!🐈🦜🐾🍁🌾 (@Amatur_Rahman1) July 2, 2020
It’s a poor lost soul who can’t admit the sheer superiority of Kolkata Biriyani due to the regal presence of aloo
— Tweetz from home (@Ritz__Twitz) July 2, 2020
Wait!!! this is the one I regularly order from in Pune!! I pity the people who consider Hyderabadi Biryani the high point of the art, having never tasted thr Lucknowi/Awadhi Biryani #BiryaniWars https://t.co/MtkIt0robm
— Kaavish (@kaavishkidwai) July 2, 2020
Unpopular opinion: Hyderabadi biryani is literally the worst excuse of a biryani, and doesn’t even come in the same league as Malabar Biryani ffs. https://t.co/SlPfnJBM9m
— Vighnesh (@vighneshck1) July 2, 2020
Registering protest on behalf of Malabar Biriyani https://t.co/msFGUZN7q4
— Nihaal Ahmed (@nihaal_ahmed1) July 2, 2020
Hyderabadi biryani is as dry as you get it. Henceforth we shall call it Flavoured Rice.
Mumbai Biryani has no equal
— kaisarehind (@kaisarehind) July 2, 2020
Let you live in your own cocoon,Hydrabadi! :-). There are great varieties such as Dindigul Briyani available outside your field of view . Come visit Dindigul once.
— Tamilr (@TamilR) July 2, 2020
This could start a war https://t.co/1yiZKuYecR
— Pooja Mahimkar (@PoojaMahimkar) July 1, 2020
Masala Rice! NOOOOOOOO
— Saadia Muzaffar 🏳️🌈 آزادی (@ThisTechGirl) July 1, 2020
Biryani = Hyderabadi.
Everything else = Some Pullav / Masala Rice.
— Danish Manzoor | Physical Distancing (@TellDM) July 1, 2020
Had more types of biryanis than what is written here and Muradabadi biryani is the best…with Lucknowi(Awadhi) biryani also nearby. https://t.co/WkSw3ckq33
— VJ (@venky_jaiswal) July 1, 2020
Please add: Mixing dal with Biryani is blasphemy. The kaffara would be to read all the above 100 times a day until you come back to your senses https://t.co/IZ4ch6lnDB
— Azhar (@azhar_er) July 1, 2020
This is all accurate and I am surprised it took so long to make this a policy https://t.co/QU4wnVUxbq
— Omran 🕋 (@Omran__Ali) July 1, 2020
As the photo went viral, indianexpress.com reached out the restaurant in question to know more.
Ashok Parimi, the owner of the brand clarified that the banner is not currently outside their Pune outlet owing to Covid-19 lockdown but could be put back when things would normalise. Saying that they first placed the banner a year ago, most customers coming to the outlet didn’t disagree and thought it was funny as they all love authentic Hyderabadi and Andhra cuisine, which are their specialties.
“We had the banner at one particular branch. We are a very strict Hyderabadi food lovers and you find all authentic Hyderabadi and Andhra food along with some north-Indian food but with a twist of Hyderabadi flavour. But yes the post is not targeting any culture. It is meant to enjoy Hyderabadi food with full heart,” he stressed.
Talking about the critics of the banner, he said that the customers who come to the restaurant were ‘mature’ enough to see the humour. “Most of them took it as funny post and most of Andhra and Hyderabadi people actually think it is correct,” he added.
As the photo continues to be shared on various platforms, the debate on various food culture and history too continues.
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