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Mayo, sauce, onions, cheese: Indians will eat anything that comes “extra”

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The big appetite.
By Sangeeta Tanwar
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

Indians seem to have a preference for all things “extra” in their food.

Adding “extra sauce” is the most popular request made by Indians while placing an order on Uber Eats, the food delivery app of the American ride-hailing firm.

There are other similar requests, too: extra onions, extra mayo, extra cheese, and extra raita.

1
Extra sauce
2
Spicy
3
Extra onions
4
Jain meal
5
Less spicy
6
Extra mayo
7
Extra cheese
8
No onion, no garlic
9
Extra raita
10
Extra onions and lemons
Source: Uber Eats

Uber Eats’ findings are based on an analysis of orders placed on the app between January and May 2019. The service is present in 38 Indian cities.

The food choices

People in different parts of India have varied food cravings, according to Uber Eats’ data. For instance, western cities of Ahmedabad, Mumbai, and Surat order the highest number of “Jain dishes” (food prepared under the dietary restrictions in Jainism), while onions are a popular craving among southern cities such as Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Visakhapatnam.

But when it comes to late night (11pm-1am), there is only one winner across the country: Chicken biryani. Chicken fried rice and Mutton biryani are the other favoured late-night dishes.

Here’s what top cities in India ordered most on Uber Eats:

Chicken biryani
Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata
Chaat
Pune, Jaipur
Classic Maggi
Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Chennai, and Pune
Ice Cream
Nashik
Cold coffee
Jaipur
Burgers
Bengaluru
Source:UberEats

Summer drinks

Indians consume cool drinks ranging from old-favourite lassi to modern-day concoctions such as Oreo shake, Uber Eats said.

City
Favourite beverage
Mumbai
Lassi
Jaipur
Cold coffee
Pune
Tea/Coffee
Chennai
Watermelon juice
Mangalore
Oreo shake
Source: Uber Eats

Ice cream is also a favourite dessert among Indians. Bengalureans love coconut-flavored ice-cream, while Mumbaikars love strawberry. Delhites gravitated towards Belgian chocolate whereas Mango was the most popular flavour among people in Pune.

City
Favourite desert
Ludhiana
Gulab Jamun
Nashik
Pineapple Ice cream
Bhopal
Ras Malai
Hyderabad
Nuts Overload
Indore
Rasgulla
Source: Uber Eats

 

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