The nationwide lockdown imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a huge rise in people order Biryani online, according to a report.

The “StatEATistics report: The Quarantine Edition” from food delivery platform Swiggy found that Indians ordered biryani over “5.5 lakh times” from their favourite restaurants.

Swiggy made a study on how consumer buying behaviour and their eating habits changed during the period of the nationwide lockdown.

According to the report, the second and third highest food items that were ordered online include butter naan and masala dosa with 3.35 lakh and 3.31 lakh orders, respectively.

Biryani has topped the list of most ordered dishes for the fourth year in a row, the food delivery platform noted.

Among desserts, the huge favourite during the lockdown period turned out to be the Choco Lava cake, which was ordered around 1,29,000 times.

The second and third desserts that were in highest demand during the lockdown includes the “humble Gulab Jamun” and the “chic Butterscotch Mousse cake” with 84558 and 27317 orders respectively.

Swiggy delivered 323 million kgs of onions and 56 million kgs of bananas through its grocery section, the report stated.

According to the report, on average, “65,000 meal orders” were placed by 8 pm each day to make sure food arrived in time for dinner.

“It was the busiest hour for Swiggy delivery partners and restaurants. On average, they (customers) chose to tip Rs.23.65, with one particularly generous customer tipping Rs. 2500!” it added.

As birthday parties moved to video calls, and virtual cake cutting sessions, according to the food delivery platform, it delivered nearly “1,20,000 cakes” to complete these celebrations.

Overall, Swiggy delivered 40 million orders across food, groceries, medicines and other household items during India’s lockdown.

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