You might be proud that your nation has such a diverse range of scrumptious cuisine but it’s high time you realized that the cuisine you love may not even be Indian in origin. All these listed favorite snacks, dishes or desserts are not Indian; they have been adopted from other parts of the world:
Yeah, this is something disappointing:
The all-time famous south Indian filter coffee actually belongs to Yemen. Coffee-drinking was famous in the middle of the 15th century in the Sufi shrines of Yemen. It was used in religious ceremonies. A coffee addict can surely tell you it’s divinity.
Thumbs down to Bengalis:
Nepal first realized the combo of dal and bhaat
Chicken tikka, as compared to its South Asian variant, is less spicy in Afghanistan – much like Persia and Arab’s other dishes. Indians adopted the recipe and turned it into their own!
Some says it was accidentally prepared by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s chef and others says that Persian invaders brought the gulab jamun to India. Whosoever did that, deserves our thanks!
Divided faiths but similar taste:
Jalebi or zulbiais – another gift from Middle East that is very popular in South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa (except Morocco) and East Africa, especially during Ramadan and Diwali.
It wasn’t that buttery delicious always:
The word nān ‘bread’ (Uzbek non/нон) is known in Middle-Persian/Pahlavi as n’n (bread, food). Before you claim it as yours, you should know it belongs to Persia.
A proud moment:
In spite of it originating in Mexico, it is said that the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh and the Jammu region of J&K grow some of the best rajma!
No, your darling samosas are not Indian. With a lot of variations in shape, size and fillings, its origin lies in the Middle East.
Tea – a medicinal drink:
Tea was not sweet and milky – the way we enjoy almost daily – when it originated in China. It was used for medicinal purposes. It was introduced in the West by the Portuguese. Later, it became fashionable among the British and then came to India to bypass the Chinese monopoly.