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Bengaluru has its own biryani club

Bengaluru loves its biryani. From spicy Andhra and Hyderabadi variants to the flavoursome Awadhi and Calicut versions or the Calcutta version, the rice and meat mix is a huge hit in our city. It was this shared love for biryani that brought Renukesh Bingeri, Vinay Nagaraju and Navneeth Thimmappa together to start a Facebook group for biryani lovers in the city -- Bengaluru Biryani Club in April last year.

Bengaluru has its own biryani club
 

“We found there were not many communities that were based on a single item. Getting recommendations about top biryani places and recipes to make a good biryani was tough on regular food lovers’ groups. We wanted a group that helped build a community, where we could discuss everything about biryani, sample the best ones in the city and share recipes. Moreover, unlike dosas, idlis or chappatis, biryanis also change with geographical location. We felt a group would ensure fans of the dish find a platter,” says Navneeth.

He explains, “Biryani is a pan-Indian dish and something that can be consumed at least twice a day. Bengaluru has a large population that loves biryani and takes it seriously. In the course of a year, we have grown to almost 13,000 members on Facebook and have started an Instagram handle as well.”

Bengaluru has its own biryani club
 

When they started the group, the trio was not confident about the ability to attract members. “In one of our first meet-ups, we drove to a small outlet in Hoskote, that serves biryani for breakfast. We had heard about it from people and decided to check it out. A message sent on the Facebook group ensured that almost 20 people joined us for breakfast that day. The food was excellent and we had a great time,” shares Navneeth.

Bengaluru has its own biryani club
 

The group organises biryani meet ups, has chefs sharing recipes of popular versions of biryani and encourages discussions about this dish. “We invite recommendations on new places to try out and make it a point to sample the food ourselves before hosting an event. One of our biggest meet-ups was at Shivaji Military Hotel, where we hosted 130 members. During Ramzan, we organised a sehri  feast at 4 a.m. at Sharief Bhai, Koramangala. Recently, we also began hosting events outside of Bengaluru, taking members along with us for a different experience. The first one was at Mysuru’s legendary Hotel Hanumanthu for which 60 members travelled together in a train.”

Navneeth adds, “This group is an attempt to create a community, both online and offline. We have many biryani lovers on the the platform and encourage discussions as well. We are happy that the discussions are civil and informative and hope to grow further.”

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