Sometime in 1830s, a British company called Lea & Perrins began manufacturing what is commonly known as Worcestershire sauce, named so because the company was located there. The name stuck and the sauce gradually became a popular condiment among food lovers.
British Local Food
But the British were gentlemen folk, you see! They took from us but did admit that they took from us. So on the label of the sauce, Lea & Perrins wrote that the recipe is Indian.
The ingredients include garlic and anchovies with soy sauce, vinegar and some other traditional Indian stuff.
When the British tried to create the sauce at home, they failed miserably. It tasted horrible. So they discarded the bottle. It was only months later that someone chanced upon the bottle of sauce and tasted it. They found it delicious!
The British then realized that the sauce was to be left for a certain duration for it to ferment and become palatable.
An old advertisement of Worcestershire Sauce. HomeCooking
So that’s it. That’s how a sauce from India reached Britain and became internationally popular. What about India, you ask. The homemade sauce was replaced by the manufactured ones – those you find in bottles belonging to companies that the foreign. What was once made in every home, is now made by others and sold to us. Congratulations!