Just like the Indian culture, Indian food is also famous worldwide and has been influenced by various civilizations. Be it North Indian food or South Indian, Indian food is well known for its spiciness. But did you know that some of the Indian foods that we are so proud of do not actually belong to India? Yes, you read that right!
There are a few foods that have been famous in India for ages, but they have actually been adopted from other countries. Their blend with Indian spices has made them so popular. Let’s check them out.
1. Dal Chawal
Dal chawal, also called as dal bhaat or dal rice, is one of the comfort foods for Indians, but this food is not Indian at all! It has its origin in Nepal. It was through North Indian influences that the dish entered India. Eventually, it spread throughout the region.
All the North Indian people here, are you guys feeling betrayed? The staple food of North India, rajma chawal, is not Indian. It was adopted from Mexican countries and was brought to India through Guatemala and Central Mexico. The initial steps of preparation such as soaking, boiling, and then adding few spices has also been adapted from their culture. However, after adding onions, tomatoes, and Indian spices, it becomes much more tasty!
Oh god, Chai too? Is this what are you thinking right now? Chai originated in China, and the British people were the ones to bring it to the north-eastern part of India to challenge China’s monopoly in the market. Whether Indian beverage or Chinese, we simply love chai too much!
4. Gulab Jamun
This common Indian dessert that is full of calories (each bite takes you to the gates of heaven) has its origin in the Persian and Mediterranean countries. It was originally known as luqmat al qadi but later renamed as gulab jamun.
Samosas were bought to India in between the 13th and 14th centuries from the Middle Eastern countries by the traders. It was initially called sambosa.
6. Filter Coffee
As if one bad news was not enough! Though it was popularized by the Coffee Cess Committee in 1963, coffee was brought to India by Baba Budan from when he went on a pilgrimage to Mecca.
Oh no! Meri Maggi is no more meri now!
It was originally founded by Jullius Maggi in 1872 in Switzerland. Thus, this infamous Maggi was never ours! Sob!
I know you might be disheartened after reading this and also a bit betrayed that the things we were claiming to be ours were never so!
The best thing to do would be to just forget about the origin of these foods and just enjoy the taste!
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