Briyani in India: Not just a well-loved dish, but one that also makes a political statement

Aam Aadmi Party chief and Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal (centre), with his wife, Mrs Sunita Kejriwal,   and Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia, visiting Hanuman Mandir in New Delhi, on Feb 11, 2020.
Aam Aadmi Party chief and Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal (centre), with his wife, Mrs Sunita Kejriwal, and Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia, visiting Hanuman Mandir in New Delhi, on Feb 11, 2020.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

KOLKATA - When members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) celebrated their hard-earned win in the Delhi state elections on Feb 11, they danced and distributed sweets in public. But many other Indians chose an unusual gustatory spin for their revelry.

They dug into their favourite version of briyani, with many posting pictures of the traditional rice and meat dish prepared in their homes. Restaurants in Delhi even recorded a spike in biryani sales on Feb 11, according to a report in The Economic Times.

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