We Indians welcome everything with open arms and the love we give is so precious that it becomes famous as Indians. We all have Myths about some of the very famous Food items which are actually not from India. This interesting Article is to show you famous food items which are actually not originated in India. The motive of this Article is not to break the myths of the public, but to inform them interestingly about the real origin of food items which doesn’t belong to India, yet we make it our very own with open Arms.
We all love to eat hot Samosa with Chai, especially when it’s a rainy season, but sadly it’s not from Indian Origin. This triangular shaped Samosa actually belongs from the Middle East, where it was called as ‘Sambosa’. It made its journey to India, while trades were going to the Middle East in 13th an 14th century.
We all love to have Kadak Chai, sometimes in the morning or sometimes in the evening. And to which we proudly say that ‘Kadak Indian Chai’ actually belongs to China. Chai is a medicinal drink in China, which comes to India en-route British. To end the China’s monopoly in Tea Market, Britishers taught tea cultivation to the Indian farmers.
3. Chicken Tikka Masala
Yes, you heard it right. This lovely dish is also not ours either. This dish was a result of improvisation by the chef Ali Ahmed in Glasgow restaurant in 1971. It was said that the guest sent the dish back as he felt it’s too dry and then the chef added some soup and cream into it. Now Chicken Tikka Masala is prepared at mostly every Indian wedding.
We all love to eat Naan, especially with Dal Makhani or spicy Chole. But this flatbread has its origin in Persia. Naan was brought to India during the Mughal-Era and its various variations are developed by India. From Potato Naan to Keema Naan, it is widely prepared in India and mostly prepared during every special occasion as the substitute for the simple Roti.
5. Gulab Jamun
Gulab Jamun is unarguably the most loved desserts by the Indians. But sadly it originally belongs from Persia. These deep fried balls dipped in the sugar were called as Luqmat al Qadi in Persia. Its name Gulab is also inspired by Persian words, ‘Gol’ which means flower and ‘ab’ which means water. Basically, it’s sugary dipped fried balls with rose water essence.
Rajma Chawal is the most favorite food of North Indians. And these kidney beans have been actually originated in Mexico. Rajma is the staple food in Mexico, which is firstly soaked, boiled and then served with a mix of spices and herbs. We Indians customized the Rajma by making into curry and adding the tomatoes, garlic, onions and Indian spices to make it purely Desi.
We all have the myth that Biryani is the Indian dish, but in reality it is not. Biryani had its origin in Persia in the 16th century and Persian word ‘Berian’ which means ‘fried before cooking’. It is said that Queen Mumtaz Mahal was not happy with the food given to soldiers and she ordered the chef to prepare a nutritious dish for the soldiers and that’s how Biryani took birth.
Are you surprised?
India is the most diverse Country and so what its origin is not from India, we all love these dishes like our very own.