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Biryani is close to almost all of the desi’s hearts. Be it Hyderabadi or Sindhi, Bombay, or Mughlai, Biryani remains sacred for Indians and Pakistanis with the same intensity. And when someone attacks Biryani, you see the archrivals uniting their efforts to call them out.

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An event recently happened, which proved this point. Food 24, a South African publication excelling in food, took to Twitter what they called a Biryani recipe. The video showed a dish that had rice (check), chicken (check), potato (check), black lentils (?), non-golden onion (?). And it looked all gooey.

Yes, it did happen. Have a look at the video!

1. And I am Shahrukh khan

Because we refuse to believe that such a dish can be called ‘any’ form of Biryani, so we can easily make such a claim.

2. Biryani: Defining sacred

In this time, when everyone is living their way, we need to define sacred in clear terms. Because clearly, the internet needs it.

3. Laaton kay bhoot

This one was plain hilarious now. The Pakistani touch? Well, we would like to correct it by calling it the brown touch.

4. You don’t have to be a cook to know Biryani

Well, this scene told us we could never show the video to our moms. Because in the desi family, even a 3-year-old knows an onion is supposed to be fried golden.

5. Cooking Biryani questions

ShivaniChandra13 was all business. Instead of lashing out or making fun of it, she posed the question. She asked, “Do none of these cooking videos ever actually ask a brown person how their food is made before posting these ridiculous versions?!”

6. Should we curse them, though?

Well, well, cursing them with diarrhea with COVID going on does not seem very nice. So let’s not go there. But eating that would probably lead to it anyway…

7. In the end, a request…

In the five steps of grief, towards the end, a person is just exhausted. They lose all the energy to put up a fight. And that is what probably happened here. So this twitter user decides to keep it plain simple and easy. ‘Please delete this video, thank you.’ How simple can you go from here?

Blunders do happen, we understand. But an error this significant which attacks the entire South Asian culture, is unacceptable. With the kind of response they received on Twitter, Food 24 realized their mistake and announced that they would remove the video from all other outlets. Later, they said that they would not delete the Twitter video for the sake of discussions. I mean, no wonder, did you see the retweets and comments desis made?

They apologized, which is good. Hopefully, next time they decide to explore the heritage of any culture, they will ensure they corroborate the recipe with multiple sources.

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