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6 dishes which aren’t actually Indian

Honestly, I’m still in shock!

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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.

Dal Bhaat

Daal Bhaat

Daal Bhaat

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.

Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun

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

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.

Vindaloo

Vindaloo

Vindaloo

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.

Samosa

Samosa

Samosa

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.

Jalebi

Jalebi

Jalebi

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.

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Comments (18)

  • hahahha I refuse to believe some of them!!! :p

      5 months ago
  • Interesting. In the modern absence of Persia, though, I think the Indians can claim Jalebi and Gulab.

      5 months ago
  • If you dig deeper, you will find that most Indian dishes originated somewhere else and then got integrated into the local cuisine because of cross-cultural infusions.

      5 months ago
  • You crushed my world :-)

      5 months ago
  • There’s another Indian dish started in Scotland too it’s called Chicken Chasni Masala it’s more tomatoey and red in colour but comes more with a sweet & sour taste . It’s fantastic. Most curry houses and takeaway places have it in Scotland. I haven’t had it in a while so I might get it soon. You can look it up on YouTube.

      5 months ago
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