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Let us first acknowledge that Google knows. Google knows more about us than we do, about ourselves, our partners, our family. Based on this assumption I tried to find out if my “desi” taste buds reflect my nation, in Google’s all knowing soul. According to Google trends, here are few interesting finds that reflect what really is India’s favorite food!
Aloo Kachalu: Mr. Potato wins!
No wonder that Indians struggle with weight issues! I did a comparison of Aloo (potato), Bhindi (okra), Gobi (cauliflower), Baingan (eggplant), Karela (bittergourd), Palak (spinach): in all cases, recipes related to Aloo, have been searched most often. Be it Aloo Dum, Aloo matar, Aloo peyaz ki subzi, or Aloo posto.. We indians heart the potato.
My favourite: Aloo Chokha of course!
P.S I inserted beans in a combination while comparing, Google told me there wasn’t enough data to show
The Veg- Non Veg debate
Well you must have seen hundreds of memes that compare vegetarians and non vegetarians in India. As per Google however, Chicken wins over Paneer! This is not a complete shocker if you know that our country is almost 60% non-vegetarian.
However, in the land of the Chicken Tikka: Delhi, Chandigarh, people mostly are not interested in chicken! Paneer wins in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttaranchal, UP, and Madhya Pradesh! The rest of India goes to chicken.
The most popular chicken recipes per Google are:
- Chicken Biriyani (no surprises here!)
- Chilli Chicken
- Chicken 65
- Chicken korma
The most popular paneer recipes per Google are:
- Shahi paneer
- Paneer pakoda
- Paneer do pyaza.
Something Fishy: What happens when Chicken faces off with Fish!
Now, being a Bengali I had to know how popular fish is. (Un)Fortunately, all the premonitions for India’s fish appetite came true. The only people who look for fish recipes are from West Bengal, and Kerala. Few other states like Tamil Nadu, and UP also search for some fish recipes, but my inner Bengali tells me that they must be those relocated Malayalees/Bengalis who are now forced to cook fish for sustenance!
Going Gaga over Gajar ka Halwa
I then compared some popular Indian desserts: Gajar Ka Halwa, Rabdi, Rasmalai, Laddoo, and Kaju barfi
Rabri, Kaju barfi , and Laddoo were close competitors with similar demands throughout the year, but come winter when our markets are flooded with juicy carrots, we just want our Gajar ka Halwa. So much so, that it wins the overall competition against these other popular dessert items.
If you are a foodie like me, you are definitely thinking about trying out some of your favourite food now. Do drop in a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment below, and let us know if you enjoyed the comparisons. If you did, we will be back with more such fun comparisons.
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