Step aside dear Pizza, the biryani is here!
Biryani has taken a huge leap, to become the highest sold food-item online. But what does mass production mean for a traditionally slow-cooked dish and its subtle regional variations?
With the growing culture of ordering food-online, a lot has changed. But this dish remains a constant in India’s culinary palate. Last Year, was a year full of shocks and surprises and the Indian food industry saw an massive rise in the food-ordering culture.
AT AN ESTIMATED 43 ORDERS A MINUTE, BIRYANI IS THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER DISH ON SWIGGY
The story of the rise in Biryani sales begins from this fundamental change in the way we consume food now. And it wasn’t as if Biryani suddenly got popular. It’s been a staple-meal for many across the country for decades, now; way before the advent of third-party delivery platforms. However, advances in Food-Tech and rise of internet services completely changed the ball-game. Growth in India’s food e-commerce sector has made Biryani more accessible and convenient to order.
A FICCI-PWC report, published in December last year estimated the organized biryani delivery industry at Rs 2,500 crore in 2018. To get some context, the organized industry itself forms under 30% of the market. Such is the love that Indians have for this dish!
On a lighter note, netizens have been embroiled in a never-ending fight about what makes a true Biryani
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How did Biryani become an online Cult?
The rise of ordering Biryani online corresponds with the general rise of online ordering. Several factors led to Biryani becoming the preferred food for millennials:
- Biryani is the ideal packaged food, retaining its texture during the delivery process.
- It is a complete meal in itself – loaded with protein and carbs, biryani satiates the largest appetites
- It can easily be reheated – and leftovers taste even better since flavors seep further into the meat and the rice
- Unlike Pizzas and Burgers, it gave Indians the flavours they are used to (we Indians love our masalas!)
- It is believed to be a healthier alternative to most other delivery options
While all these factors created a demand, several Cloud/Dark/Ghost Kitchens (names are often used interchangeably) rose to satisfy the surge in demand. Traditional biryani players also upped their game! Biryani became the food of choice for these players, not just because of demand but several other factors:
- A biryani menu is relatively easy to manage, consisting of only proteins and rice
- A lot of components can be pre-cooked, ensuring timely delivery
- Packaging is relatively easy, and can be innovated on to create differentiation in the market.
The best biryanis – powered by Petpooja!
Petpooja powers some of the biggest names in Biryani including Thalapakatti, Thalassery and Sanjha Chulha. And Biryani is big business. Thalapakatti, which produces over 7 tonnes of biryani, raised Rs 260 crore to expand it’s already large footprint of 70+ outlets.
By the sheer numbers, you can guess the scale of the operation. Each outlet is large format, covering multiple floors and several areas. The bill volume is also massive in each outlet. Such an large operation has several requirements
- Quick and efficient billing
- Multiple-terminals which operate in sync
- App for captains to take orders on the fly
- Comprehensive inventory management to contain wastage
The mammoth operation also requires complete tracking from production to sale, for which Petpooja has implemented a SAP integration for them. In Petpooja’s Restaurant Management Platform, they have not only found a POS, but a reliable technology partner which allows them to scale with ease.
So whether you are an independent Biryani outlet or a large chain, you can be at ease knowing Petpooja has you back!