We Indians are proud of our mouth-watering cuisine and are often guilty of ‘Indianising’ other international foods we encounter to please our flavour palate.
However, did you know that there are several popular Indian delicacies that do not have an Indian origin at all. Let us have a look at those Indian delicacies that are actually not Indian:
Biryani – The lovers of Biryani would be left speechless to know that biryani has its origins in Persia rather than India. The dish has its roots in the Persian word ‘birian’ which means ‘fried before cooking’.
Chai – we know it is hard to digest but yes, the beverage that fuels the country came from China.
Chicken Tikka – They say if you have to please a Punjabi, serve him Chicken tikka. But do you know that this dish was prepared for the first time in Persia?
Filter Coffee – A definite must for a South Indian breakfast today, Filter Coffee is believed to have been introduced to India by Sufi saint Baba Budan who discovered it while on a pilgrimage to Mecca.
Jalebi – these delicious orange rings find their origins in Persia, where they were known as zulabiya.
Gulab Jamun – it’s originated in the Mediterranean region? Well yes. It was brought to India by Persian invaders.
Naan – who wouldn’t want to eat butter chicken dish without naan? Today we might think of keema to paneer naan as thoroughly Indian but has its origins in Mughal reign.
Rajma – while you might be shaking your head with disapproval on reading this name, it is actually true. This famous comfort food has its origins in Mexico.
Samosa – this delicious snack originated from the Middle East, where it is called sambossa.