Some jokes are Twitter jokes only. No one outside twitter is able to understand or relate to them. The recent biryani vs pulao spat was one of such jokes. Ironical that I am equating war with jokes. But it all began as a joke until the armours started wagging their swords and spears. It soon turned out into a full fledged war with almost zero or little tolerance of the enemy’s war camps. Biryani vs Pulao turned out to be stronger and more lethal than an India vs Pakistan match. Some diplomacy works there too. But here hell hath no fury like a foodie scorned.
Initiated by Mahwash Ajaz and fuelled by Malik Omaid sitting in completely different parts of the world this war took over the entire Twitterati by storm.
Anyone who thinks pulao is better than biryani should have their heads examined & their taste buds checked.
— Mahwash Ajaz (@mahwashajaz_) January 26, 2019
However, the good part was people keeping cast and creed aside and just uniting to fight in the favour of their famous rice helping.
While Team Biryani raved about the beautiful hues and fragrance team Pulao had a plethora of praises. They traced back its ethnicity to the ancient Indus Valley civilization thereby terming Biryani the taste of traitors. Pulao was classified as the taste of heaven.
— Qalaنdari (@Aus_istan) January 29, 2019
Here ethnic differences also came to light. Punjabis or for that matter anyone outside Sindh is believed to have know-how of the art of Biryani in its full galore. They say Lahore is at a complete loss when it comes to Biryani and is only capable of naming yellow coloured salted rice as Biryani. Despite weakly defending itself for years, this was provided Lahore to flaunt what it is capable of then defending what it doesn’t. If Lahore is a pulao connoisseur why not celebrate it? Why not worship the subtlety of long grain basmati rice in meat broth over a calculated time with carefully picked up meat and proportions? They brushed away Biryani calling it a mix of leftover curry and rice.
پلاؤ پر چاندی کا ورک بھی چڑھا لیں، اس میں مہنگے مشروم بھی ڈال دیں، رہنا اونے پلاؤ ای اے۔
اپنے ایمان سے بتائیں آج تک کسی ریسٹورنٹ میں جا کے بریانی کی جگہ پلاؤ آرڈر کیا ہے؟
— Et tu, Brute? (@kkabbasi) January 28, 2019
— JM (@joanmeesem) January 27, 2019
Here media could not let this war go unnoticed so that the audience (which was barely any as everyone was participating) could grab a seat with some lemon malt and popcorn. Various polls were conducted and everyone decided to believe their favourite results. Here grim and intense writers could also not keep calm and tried to fight this war through pen and not blood. However, nothing could stop the storm.
پلاؤ اور بریانی کی بحث ختم کرنے کے لئیے پلاؤ کے حق میں نذیر احمد شیخ کی نظم پلاؤ کے چند اشعار
جہاں بھی پلاؤ بھگارا گیا ہے
زمیں سے فلک تک بھپاراگیا ہے
اسی غم میں شیطان مارا گیا ہے
کہ مومن پہ یہ کیا اتارا گیا ہے؟
— Ammar Masood (@ammarmasood3) January 30, 2019
With the pulao-biryani debate back in vogue, here's a little thread.
Many moons ago, when I first landed in Islamabad, the sight of a multi-story restaurant serving only pulao had blown my mind, and I wrote about it then.https://t.co/WuQW8mTruC
— Ahmer Naqvi (@karachikhatmal) January 28, 2019
Some also got sick of this biryani pulao rant and decided to stay away altogether.
So BiryanivsPulao is KHIvsLHR’s trailer before PSL?
— FAIQA. (@Crankybelle) January 27, 2019
My TL is full of #BiryanivsPulao debate and I’m quickly turning from hungry to angry
— Aftab Haider (@aftab_haider75) January 27, 2019
I feel this is a bit far fetched. Biryani is Biryani.. And Pulao has its own unique taste, smell and taste buds. You cannot compare the two. They have their own audience.#BiryanivsPulao
— Asma (@Wacksterz) January 29, 2019
Biryani won, by hook or by crook. They say it was rigged but who can beat the official results. Life comes in various colours and tastes. Better .