Talk about the diverse cuisines all over the world, can one ever miss out on the Indian food? The answer is apparently a straight no. Indian cuisine is counted as one of the most ancient ones and still one of the most popular food industry all around the world. A real food explorer always has Indian food on his list. The history of Indian food is vast, so are some fallacies people have with its cuisine.
Here are six food items you always thought were Indian but are not.
1. Daal Bhat
Popularly known as daal rice, it is the most common meal to go for after a long, frenetic day. Daal Bhat is a comfort meal for everybody in India regardless of the age but little do they know, the origin of this food item is Nepal. The dish entered Indian cuisine through the North Indian influences.
2. Rajma Chawal
Next up we have the much-loved rice companion, rajma. This dish is a well-loved staple from the Northern states of India. Although, northern India is not behind the origin of rajma. The first ever kidney bean was brought to India from Portugal, and the preparation of cooking and boiling beans is taken from Mexico.
Yes, the very own local food of India is not so local after all. Jalebi is actually borrowed from the Middle East. It was originally called ‘zalabia’ in Arabic and ‘zulabiya’ in Persian.
4. Chicken tikka masala
Whenever you visit a restaurant asking for a non-veg Indian dish. Chicken tikka masala never fails to top the list. But the origin of chicken tikka masala is Glasgow.
5. Chai (Tea)
This one is hard to digest, but yes, the very own cup of chai is from China originally.
It is almost heartbreaking but India’s favorite tea time snack is believed to have originated in the Middle East long before the 10th century, and it was originally called as ‘Sambosa’. Weird, right?