5 Foods You Assumed Were Indian Origin, But They Aren't
Updated : August 03, 2021 14:08 IST
These beloved desi dishes have been the pride of Indian menus, but are they actually from India? Have a look at these food items!
We Indians are very famous for our rich cultural values or mehmaan nawazi, in which we always prepare and serve authentic traditional dishes. Also, since childhood, we have been eating these food items and thinking that they are originally from India. But unfortunately, these dishes have a videshi history as they were travelled to India, due to the geographical or historical trace. So, please have a look at these dishes, which don't have Indian origin but have been adapted as an essential part of our culinary skills, culture, and tradition.
Yes, everyone's favourite rajma didn't originate in India. It was first grown up in Mexico, then carried back to India through the Portuguese's southwestern coast. The technique of eating kidney beans is to boil and toss them up with little dry spices. No doubt Punjabis have made this dish tastier by adding desi masalas, onions, tomatoes, chillies and producing a rich, thick gravy to be enjoyed with rice, roti or naan. Of Course, we Indians twist any meal with our desi spices and give a new variation to the food.
There you go again; this is another staple Indian food that originated in Nepal. Quite shocked? Yes, a local in Nepal first paired boiled rice with cooked lentils. The combination travelled through the shared borders of India and became a staple meal for ages. There isn’t a state in India that doesn’t have their version of dal chawal with the combination of achar, raita, fried veggies, or fish.
Yes, this drink is associated with India and loved across states, but it is rooted in Yemen, where it was consumed without milk and sugar as an alternative to liquor. In the mid-1940s, the first coffee house in Bombay was inaugurated, which became prevalent in India. Now filter coffee is a refreshing drink to sip at any time of the day.
Fragrant chicken or mutton biryani made with basmati rice infused with spices, vegetables, and herbs is almost everyone's soul food. But this product of food has its roots in Persian cuisine. Biryani originated and travelled far from its borders during the rule of Mughals in the 16th century.
Are you screaming now? Again, jalebis are not originated in India; they are brought to India by Persian invaders. Jalebi’s Persian name is “zalibiya or Zulabiya” and “zalabiya” in Arabic. But again, Indians can create their own way of eating jalebi with rabri, dahi, malai or doodh.
It doesn't matter where these dishes originated, but now they are a part of Indian cuisine and food culture.