India is a land of varied cultures and castes. Every region has its own identity and has certain things linked to them. Among all these geographical variations, there is food that has become a symbol of pride and love. Dishes that everyone can easily relate to, be it a portion of the country or the nation as a whole. But, there are certain “Indian” dishes that people boast about which did not even originate in India. LiveInStyle brings this list for all you foodies out there.
1. Rajma chawal
Rajma chawal is a dish well linked with the northern and Punjabi households. Now there is no denying that Indian spices have added a desi touch to this dish. But Rajma beans were first grown in Mexico and were brought to India through the south-western coast. The dish quickly spread to the north and soon became a prominent north Indian dish.
2. Daal bhaat
Another dish famous all across the nation, especially the north is daal bhaat (Dal and Rice). It was actually first prepared in Nepal from where this combination arrived to India through the northern regions of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. This dish still continues to be one of the most consumed preparations by the rich and the poor alike due to its low cost yet brilliant taste.
If you ever go to southern India, there are 2 dishes that one must definitely try. They are the famous Idli and Dosa. What is actually a shocker is the fact that one of the dishes from this awesome south Indian duo did not even originate in India. Idli actually originated in Indonesia, where fermented food is largely consumed, and Arabs are believed to be the one who introduced the dish in southern coasts of India where slowly it got a makeover and became a symbol of the south.
4. Gulaab Jamun
One of India’s most favourite sweet dish, which is widely offered by Hindus all across the nation as an offering to their deities was first made in the Mediterranean and in Persia where it was traditionally known as “Luqmat Al Qadi”, today the dish is far more widespread in India than its region of origin.
The good old chaai ki pyaali was actually introduced in India by none other than the British. With its origin in China, the drink was brought to India to break China’s monopoly over tea. Whether they succeeded or not is a different question, but they sure did provide India with a drink that spread widely and today has become one of the most consumed drinks on every small stall and Indian household.
Samosa, the all time favorite Indian snack, came to our country with the Arab invaders in the tenth century. Originally, the Arabs made these samosas with meat fillings which they still do in the Middle East, but Indians managed to give samosa their special desi twist by making it with spicy potato fillings.
So these are some dishes that are dominant in India but originated somewhere else. Whether originally from India or not, these dishes have sure become a part of the nation’s identity and with the magical touch of the Indian love, they have evolved and improved to become an integral part of the Indian diet.
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