15 Famous Indian Dishes Which Are Not Indian!

Hey friends! Welcome back to Humor Nation. In India, 90% of population is crazy about food. Indians love food. There are so many famous dishes in India. Although, there are so many such dishes, which we feel are originated from India, but actually they are not. This is what we are going to know today.

So let us know about 15 famous Indian dishes, which are actually not Indian:

1. Samosa

Samosa is loved by 95% of the population in India. But sadly, it does not originated in India. It was introduced by the Central Asian traders in 13th or 14th century.

2. Biryani

Biryani is considered as South Asian Dish. But some chef’s believe that it was originated in Persia. Also,it is claimed that it was introduced in India way before Babur came here.

3. Gulaab Jamun

As mentioned in Wikipedia, Gulab Jamun was first prepared in medieval India, derived from a pancake that Central Asian Turkic invaders brought to India. One theory also claims that it was accidentally prepared by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s personal chef.

It’s name comes from persian words in which gol means flower and ab  means water. Rose flower scented syrup it is. Michael Krondl, according to this famous historian of coking, both luqmat al-qadi and Gulab Jamun, they both derived from a Persian dish.

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4. Chai

All tea is produced basically in China. But in late 1600, plantations were made in India too, because of threat of China’s monopoly over the production. Tea is very much famous among Indians.

5. Dal Bhaat

Dal Bhat originated in Nepal. It is the traditional meal of Indians. Some people does not feel full unless they have Dal Bhat.


6. Chicken Tikka Masala

There are multiple claims about Chicken Tikka Masala’s place of origin, including the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent or Glasgow in Scotland. You will be surprised after knowing the fact that this dish is among the United Kingdom’s most popular dishes. Not just that, Robin Cook, British government minister in 2001 called it ‘A true British National Dish’.

7. Shawarmas

The most enjoyed street food among the non-veggie lovers began in the old Middle Eastern period amid the nineteenth century in Ottoman Bursa (present day Bursa, Turkey). Their lip smacking Shawarmas is served up in various styles. A few spots give at least two meat choices and are normally presented with an assortment of Vegetables, for example, onions, tomatoes, cucumber and improved with a divided lemon. Make a beeline for Arsalan’s Shawarma King in Malvani, Malad to attempt their Open Shawarma and Classic Chick Shawarma. The Shawarmas here are their own manifestations and offer an assortment of other Middle Eastern Delicacies.

8. Rajma

Red kidney beans is popularly produced in Mexico. It is mainly a popular dish in Nepal and Northern India. Rajma is made in thick gravy and usually served with rice.

9. Bandel Cheese

Bandel Cheese is an Asian cheese which originally originated in a Portuguese colony, Bandel, a place which is located in eastern India. This kind of Cheese is made by separating the curds from whey with lemon juice and then molded and drained in small baskets and smoked. Currently, it is produced in the towns of Tarakeswar and Bishnupur, Bankura, near Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

10. Naan

Naan is originated in Central and South Asia with influence from the Middle East.Indian Express says that it was developed by Persians and Mughals. It is developed around 2500 years ago.

11. Shukto

Shukto is prepared from Karela or Bitter Gourd which is Indian in origin but was prepared by the Portuguese in olden days. According to the famous Indian newspaper and media, India Times, gradually, Indian influences like various other kinds of vegetables and a touch of milk and sweet to cut the spice were added to this dish.

12. Jalebi

Jalebi is believed to be originated from South Asia. According to Hobson-Jobson, the word jalebi is derived from the word Arabic jalabiya or the Persian zoolbia, the name for a similar dish. It was bought in India by Persian speaking Turkey traders.

13. Filter Coffee

It is trusted that on a trip to Mecca in the sixteenth century Baba Budan, an adored Sufi holy person from Karnataka state, found the miracles of espresso. In his excitement to develop espresso himself at home, he shrouded seven espresso beans out of the Yemeni port of Mocha wrapped inside his articles of clothing. He planted the beans on the inclines of the Chandragiri Hills in Kadur locale, Mysore, which was later named after him as the Baba Budan Hills.

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14. Falooda

It is derived from a Persian dish Faloodeh. The desert came to India with Muslim Merchants and dynasties that settled in India in 16th and 17th century.

15. Vindaloo

Vindaloo is a standard component of Goan food got from the Portuguese carne de vinha d’alhos meaning meat in garlic wine marinade. Concurring to Wikipedia, it is a dish of meat marinated in wine and garlic. Despite the fact that the first formula does not utilize potatoes, Indians altered the formula facilitate by utilizing potatoes as the word ‘Aloo’ in Vindaloo implies potato in Hindi.

15 Famous Indian Dishes Which are Not Indian!

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Ashmika Jain
Writing is an expression of the soul. The more we express ourselves, the more we get to know and understand ourselves. So I am a writer who's trying to paint my soul with the words. I don't follow trends, I set them. An Engineer by profession, a writer by passion.


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