Indian foods with no Indian origin

5 Popular Foods Of Indian With No Indian Origin

Whenever the topic of food comes up, it’s a sin not to talk about Indian food. Indians are proud of their food. But after some fact-finding, we have found out the hidden origin of five most loved Indian foods with no Indian origin and it’s pretty astonishing. Read on!

1. Rajma

Indian foods with no Indian origin

For most North Indians Rajma is the love of their lives. You could eat your blues away with a bowl full of Rajma, and the best thing is that it always tastes good. Well, we all should thank Mexico City from where kidney beans were brought to South Asia.

2. Samosa

Indian foods with no Indian origin

This stuffed triangular dish is popular as a tea time snack in every North Indian household. This dish has travelled here all the way from the Middle East where it is popularly called as Sambosa.

3. Jalebi

india foods with no indian origin

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This sweet delicacy is everyone’s favorite but do you know neither does the Jalebi have its origins in India, nor is the word Jalebi. The word Jalebi is derived from the Arabic word zulabiya, and this sweet was brought to India by the Persian invaders.

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4. Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun

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These spongy milky balls soaked in rose-scented syrup have its origin in Central Asia, soon after its introduction, the local cooks at the palace kitchens adapted the cuisine and now almost all North Indian restaurants include gulab jamun in their menu.

5. Naan


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Naan has always been the front-runner in North India when it comes to flatbreads. They are a perfect accompaniment to any dish be it Dal MakhaniKadhai Paneer or Butter Chicken. This bread is a gift from Persia, and earlier it used to be a delicacy that was made in royal households, but today it’s winning the hearts of many.

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