Biryani and Its Historical Significacne in Social Equalities

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In the South Asian culture, a predominant dish that is admired by many is Biryani. The flavoured

rice is mixed with meat, fish, or vegetables and is known as a staple dish or enjoyed during special

occasions and gatherings. The rice being the base of the biryani preparation is important in

understanding the value that it holds to this community. Given this, there are several social implications

associated with the preparations and sharing of the dish. In a multicultural country like Canada, Biryani

has become a symbolic identity linked to the South Asian ethnic group. More specifically, it can be tied

to ideologies of gender roles and expectations. Immigrants of South Asian descent often struggle to

integrate into the norms of the Western lifestyle, and continue to uphold to the male dominated

structure. This means that women are often accustomed to doing the household chores including

cleaning and cooking. It's more than just a food, it's an identity. it provides for impacts on

social,historical,and political grounds in north American communities and also around

the world. Food is a highly significant cultural symbol of ethnicity, and an important

means for constructing ethnic identities (Brenda L. Beagan, 2012)-. Biryani and rice

both play a vital role, and bring people together whether it be preparing, eating, or

purchasing the preparation of ingredients for it. The different ideologies that govern

biryani and plays a vital role in the communities which prepare it, is gender. ‘It could be

paid or unpaid (voluntary)’ (Jennifer Brady, 2012), but the female gender roles in the

south Asian communities in Canada have an identity defined by the food they cook, and

this is seen in various traditional dishes worldwide. This paper will explore in a narrower scope,

the implications that the…...

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