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Foods you thought were of Indian-origin but aren't

19-SEP-2016 12:20

    We Indian are famous for our cultural values and for mehman nawazi. In which we prepare and serve lots of tasty dishes. Also, since childhood we are eating, drinking and enjoying these food items daily and think that they are of Indian origin but unfortunately it is not so. Here is the list of foods that you thought were of Indian origin but aren’t.

    1. Jalebi

    Originated from Middle-East and brought to India by Persian invaders.


    • Originally in Persian it was known as ‘Zalibiya’ or ‘Zulabiya’ and in Arabic it was ‘Zalabiya’.

    2. Gulab Jamun

    Originated in the Mediterranean region and brought to India by Persian invaders.


    • There it is called ‘Iuqmat al qadi’.
    • You know there Iuqmat al qadi is made up from deep fried dough balls, soaked in honey syrup and sprinkled with sugar but when it reached India its recipe is modified.

    3. Dal Bhaat

    Originated from Nepal, very common and popular dish eaten all over India this seems to be an Indian dish strange.


    • It was due to the influence of North India that this dish entered India.

    4. Tea (Chai)

    Originated from China, where it was used as a medicinal drink.


    • Soon Britishers discovered it and to limit the China market they introduced it in India.
    • Britishers taught the technique for cultivating tea in the North-East region if India to the tribals.
    • And since it has been part of India and became popular in 1950.

    Do you know the history of Tea

    5. Rajma (Kidney bean)

    Brought to India through Central Mexico and Guatemala.


    • It is a staple in Mexican diet.
    • It is said that the kidney bean was brought to India from Portugal and the technique of soaking and boiling beans borrowed from Mexican cooking traditions.

    6. Samosa

    Originated in the Middle-East and was known as ‘Sambosa’.


    • From Middle-East it was brought to India by the traders in 13th- 14th century.

    7. Chicken Tikka Masala

    Invented in Glasgow.


    • A very interesting story is there behind its invention and that is there was a shef Ali Ahmed who owned a restaurant called Shish Mahal in Glasgow, in 1971. Somebody ordered for chicken curry but he didn’t enjoy it by saying that it was too dry. At that time Ali Ahmed was enjoying a bowl of tomato soup in the kitchen and suddenly thought, why not try adding some soup to the curry? So a blend of soup, spices, cream and yogurt was added to the curry and customers started loving it.

    8. Naan

    Originated in Persia and used there in the form of leavened bread is actually Iranian.


    • It brought to India during the Mughal era.

    9. Filter coffee

    Originated from Yemen.


    Source: www.google.co.in

    • Till 16th century it was not a part of India and smuggled into the country by Sufi saint Baba Budan while on a pilgrimage to Mecca. He brought along seven coffee beans from Mocha, Yemen to India.
    • It was consumed without milk and sugar as a substitute for liqueur.
    • Filter coffee was popularised by Coffee Cess Committee when they set up their first Coffee House in Bombay in 1936.

    10. Biryani

    Originated from Persia in 16th Century.


    Source: www.i.ndtvimg.com

    • This dish has its roots in the Persian word ‘birian’ which means ‘fried before cooking’.

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