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India's favourite dish of 2020 is...

By Rediff Get Ahead
December 22, 2020 17:46 IST
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A biryani per second.
6 lakh chicken kebabs.
2 lakh pani puris.

Scroll down to know some of the most popular dishes Indians ordered and relished in 2020.

Pani puri

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The fifth edition of Swiggy's annual StatEATstics revealed some interesting findings about India's most loved and preferred dishes in the lockdown.

The annual StatEATstics order analysis is based on millions of orders received by Swiggy -- one of India's largest on-demand delivery platform -- between January and December 2020.

A Biryani per second

Like last year, chicken biryani is India's favourite dish of 2020.

According to Swiggy, vegetable, chicken, mutton or aloo, collectively some form of biryani was ordered more than once every second in 2020!

Over 300,000 new users made their debut on the app by ordering in a chicken biryani. However, its vegetarian counterpart paled in comparison.

For every vegetable biryani, there were six chicken biryani orders.

The rise of 'eat from home'

Before the pandemic, between January and March 2020, the app delivered 5 times as many orders to 'Home' addresses compared to 'Work' addresses.

However, the number rose to 9 times for home orders versus work orders between April and May.

Dishes like Paneer Butter Masala, Masala Dosa, Chicken Fried Rice and Mutton Biryani continued to be India's favourite pick-me-up dishes.

To make up for the cappuccinos and masala chais while working from home, thousands of users overcame the post-lunch slump by ordering in varieties of tea and coffee.

What did Indians miss the most in 2020?

Indians' love for chaat cannot be ignored.

Swiggy says it delivered over 200,000 pani puri orders post-lockdown.

2020 put health on the menu

Supergrains emerged as India's favourite way to get healthy with a 127% increase in orders for dishes based on them.

It was followed by vegan (50% increase) high-protein dishes (49%) and keto-friendly items (46%).

Diwali-binge resulted in November recording the highest number of healthy orders.

'Breakfast like a king; lunch like a prince; dine like a pauper' was very much in vogue, with people eating an average of 342 calories for dinner.

Lunches ranged at under 350 calories, while breakfast, the day's most important meal, saw people consume an average of 427 calories.

Here are the six most ordered healthy dishes of 2020, according to Swiggy:

  • High-fibre idli
  • High-protein khichdi
  • Vegan gravy
  • Low-fat salads
  • Keto-friendly sandwiches
  • Gluten-free ice creams

Meat and fish kebabs

Nothing can keep meat lovers from grilling up homemade kebabs.

With over 600,000 orders, India's meat of choice was chicken, while rohu and catla (cut Bengali style, of course) were the most popular fish orders.

Among the metros, Bengaluru emerged as the most meat-loving city with maximum orders.

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