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Your Favorite 7 Indian-dishes that are not of Indian origin

We have been eating and drinking these food items all our lives without realising that these so-called Indian foods are actually the products of foreign influences. Well, as heartbreaking as it sounds, our very own ‘chai’ and ‘samosa’ have their origins in China and the Middle-East respectively. We bring you 10 foods assumed to be Indian but actually have their origins elsewhere.


1. Rajma

One of the most favourite delicacies of our country, Rajma came to India only after the red kidney bean arrived from Central Mexico and Guatemala.


2. Samosa

Yes, you read that right. The samosa, everybody’s favourite snack, is not originally from India. It originated in the Middle East, where it was called Sambosa.


Khichdi may as well not be an Indian dish after all. The report suggests that the dish popular in Indian homes is actually a plagiarised dish and the original came to India some 2500 years ago from China. That is ‘sick’ news, right?

4. Aaloo

Almost every other Indian dish seems to have aaloo in it. But did you know this vegetable originated hundreds of years ago in southern Peru and northwestern Bolivia?

5. Chai

Indians are addicted to chai, but you’ll be surprised to know that tea originated in China. It was popularized by the Britishers in India.

6. Chicken Curry

A specific version of the British explanation recounts how a Pakistani chef, Ali Ahmed Aslam, proprietor of the Shish Mahal restaurant in the west end of Glasgow, invented chicken tikka masala by improvising a sauce made from yoghurt, cream, and spices.

7. Chicken Biriyani

The Hyderabadi biryani is famous all across the nation, but historians claim that it was first brought to India by Turkic invaders.

If you guys know any other dish which we Indians love the most to eat but are not of Indian origin then do share with us in below comment section.



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