6 dishes which aren’t actually Indian
Honestly, I’m still in shock!
Indian cuisine is famous across the world. Many restaurants offer a menu that consists of dishes from the length and breadth of India. But how many of those dishes originated in India? Here’s a list of six examples which, believe me, do not have Indian origins.
Indians call it ‘Daal Chawal’. Those who don’t know what that means, it’s Lentil Soup with Rice. The dish is among India’s traditional meals. However, it is a Nepalese dish. The uncomplicated preparation, easy-on-the-tummy raw materials and modest taste attracted many in Nepal and across the border in India.
Any guesses? Here’s a hint: the original dish is called Luqmat al-qadi. Still nothing? Okay. Some might call Gulab Jamun an accidental discovery. The sweet dish consists of dough balls soaked in sugar water. Luqmat al qadi, on the other hand, is a Persian dish. That required the soaking of dough balls in pure honey, which delivered a completely different taste.
Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken Tikka Masala
Okay. There are thin margins here. Chicken Tikka (Roasted Marinated Chicken) is very much an Indian dish. Chicken Tikka Masala, on the other hand, originated in Glasgow, Scotland. The primary difference between the two is that the former has no curry sauce, and the latter does.
Usually associated with Goan food (a local dish from Goa), it was actually the Portuguese who introduced it. Dubbed as carne de vinha d’alhos, it means meat in a garlic-wine marinade. One could use anything from mutton to pork to prepare the dish.
Personally, this was the real shocker! Samosa (Triangular, potato-filled fried snack) is one of the staple street foods and tea-time snacks in India. However, the original recipe came from the Middle-East. Many believe that the traders introduced Samosa in India sometime in the 14th century.
It was the Persian-speaking Turkish traders who brought the concept of Jalebi to India. The Arabic called it Jalabia, whereas the Persians called it Zoolbia.