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April 14, 2017

5 Popular Food Items That Are Not of Indian Origin

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Indian delicacies consist of a wide variety for every mood and every occasion. Any party is incomplete without special gourmet. But what we don’t know if that some of our most common and beloved delicacies are not of Indian origin.

#1 Samosa

Samosa is a staple snack of most Indian households. Our evening tea is incomplete without samosa on the side.

Samosa was actually invented in the Middle East where they called it Sambosa and was brought to India by Middle East traders during 14th or 15th Century. Sambosa over the years have been improvised and are now bit more spicier.


#2 Jalebi

Jalebis, one of the most loved sweet dishes in India, eaten in various forms, thick or thin, Imarti or Jangiri, are actually the creation of Persians and the Arabs. They used to call it zalibiya in Persia and zalabiya in Arabia. North Indians prefer thin and crisp Jalebis while the South Indians prefer their Jalebis to be thick and soft.


#3 Chai

We sure love our cuppa of tea. It is the second most consumed drink after water in the world. You may think Chai too came from Persia/Iran but it actually invention of the Chinese. In Chine, chaiI was used for medicinal purposes. Britisher taught Indian farmers tea cultivation and grew tea to break Chinese monopoly. Tea only became popular in 1950s.


#4 Biryani

Cooking biryani is an art and it is one of our favorite dishes. We have Hyderabadi Biryani, Dindigul Biryani, Lucknowi Biryani, Kolkata Biryani..and lots more! The origination of Biryani dates back to 16th Century by the Persians. The name is derived from the word biran which meansfried before cooking-the basic method of preparing a Biryani dish. The legend behind biryani is once Queen Mumtaz visited the army garrisons and was disappointed when she saw the undernourished soldiers. She ordered the chef to create a dish full of veggies which was supposed to be extremely nutritious and heavy, resulting in creation of a whole meal Biryani.



#5 Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala – only the name of it brings water in our mouths. This amazing delicacy’s birthplace was not a spice loving nation like India but it was Glasgow, Scotland! The rumor around is origination is that once a customer in a Glasgow restaurant returned his chicken dish because he found the dish too dry. The chef improvised the dish by adding soup and the cream. We further improvised the dish by adding spices to the dish.

Chicken Tikka Masala

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