The food and hospitality industry has grown in India by leaps and bounds. Food ordering and delivery apps are now as common as day in urban areas and several restaurants and hotels are thriving on these delivery service apps like Zomato, Swiggy, Food Panda, etc. More and more urban dwellers are opting to order food online through smartphone applications and unless you reside in a place that at least one particular food delivery service doesn’t reach, you’ll agree that it’s the most convenient way of ordering food.
Food delivery apps are also important tools to gauge the food preferences of various cities in India. The most ordered online foods in a particular city is an indication of the food trends there. Recently, Swiggy conducted a survey of the most ordered dishes in the most prominent cities across India and the results were quite surprising. The undisputed winner of the online food ordering scene seems to be biryani that was revealed to be the most ordered online dish across cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune and Chennai.
More importantly the non-vegetarian biryani seems to have found favor among urban Indians the most, as the chicken biryani was named the most ordered online dish in Indian cities. Below is a list of Indian cities covered in the Swiggy survey along with their other favorite dishes as revealed in the results:
1. Mumbai: Street Food
With the wide variety of lip-smacking street foods available in every corner of the sprawling city of dreams, it’s no surprise then that its people are hooked to them. Dishes like chaat, sev puri, pani puri, pav bhaji, kheema pav and misal pav topped the list of food ordered online by Mumbaikars. It’s interesting that although there’s no dearth of street food stalls in almost every area of the city, people prefer to get it home delivered rather than go to a stall and eat it. Top five areas that seem especially taken by the city’s street food are also some of poshest areas of Mumbai including Bandra, Powai, Chowpatty, Vile Parle and Mahalaxmi/Malabar Hill.
Some of the most famous street food joints in Mumbai include Elco’s Pani Puri in Bandra, Swati Snacks in several parts of the city including in Nariman Point, the street food stalls at Girgaum Chowpatty (especially Sharmajee’s Pani puri) and Juhu Chowpatty and Sardar’s Pav Bhaji in Tardeo. The results also showed that Mumbaikars are probably the laziest foodies ever. The survey revealed that the top customers were found to have ordered food online as often as 30 times a month!
2. Bangalore: Death by Chocolate
Bangalore, that is known as the city of Gardens, has a preference for the decadent chocolate dessert called Death by Chocolate. The dessert is a sundae made up of chocolate ice-cream, chocolate brownie pieces, chocolate syrup and topped with nuts, dried fruits and cherries. The dessert is served by several dessert parlors and bakeries in the city, including Corner House Ice Cream in Indiranagar, Koramangala Social, Stoner Dessert Parlour in Koramangala and A Whole Lotta Love Cafe in Koramangala.
3. Hyderabad: Chicken 65
Hyderabad that is the birthplace of the famous Hyderabadi biryani, has a bit of a non-vegetarian obsession and Chicken 65 is the most popular dish ordered online. The dish, that is an absolute favorite of lovers of spicy food, is a deep fried chicken dish that probably originated in Chennai and is served in a lot of non-vegetarian restaurants as a starter. There are several ways of making the Chicken 65, but one thing is common- it has to be extremely spicy and that is attributed to the presence of red chilies in the batter.
Chicken 65 is a common appetizer in bars and is consumed in accompaniment to beers. Some of the most well known places for Chicken 65 in Hyderabad include Mocha Bar, AB’s Absolute Barbecues, United Kitchens of India and Paradise.
4. Kolkata: Momos and Baked Rasogullas
Kolkata people will testify to their addiction to a plate of steamed chicken or vegetarian momos, and sure enough, the Tibetan dish is indeed the most ordered online dish, according to the survey. Besides this, they also have a preference for shawarmas and rolls. Their favorite dessert rasgullas have got a healthy makeover with the baked version overtaking the original one in terms of popularity, according to the survey. One of the best places to get hold of a plate of baked rasgullas in Kolkata includes Balaram Mullick and Radharam Mullick Sweets in Park Street, that also serves yummy choco lava sandesh and baked sandesh.
5. Chennai: North Indian food
It’s not surprising that Chennai people feel the need to order in some North Indian food every once in a while for the sake of variety. Butter naan with paneer butter masala is one of the most popular dishes that were ordered online by the people of Chennai. Some of the most popular North Indian restaurants in Chennai include Punjab Grill in Velacherry, Delhi Highway in Nungumbakkam and Shyam’s Bombay Halwa House in T. Nagar.
6. Delhi: Seafood and chhole bhature
Seafood dishes like prawns and fish have found favor with India’s capital city Delhi, where people were found ordering seafood more frequently than even chhole bhature which nonetheless also made it to the list of the top most ordered dishes in the city. Some of the best places to order seafood in New Delhi include Viva O’ Viva in Chanakyapuri, Mandaa in Hauz Khas Village, Paramjit Fish Pakodewala in Moti Nagar and Ganesh Machchhiwala in Beadonpura, Karol Bagh.