India is a land of diversities which is proven because of the existence of multiple culture, language and religions. Each culture has distinctiveness with regard to their food, clothes, music, dance, literature and all. When it comes to food, India can undoubtedly be called as the paradise for the foodies. However, in this regard it should be mentioned that there are many such foods in India which does not have their origin in the country and they are the results of CONTACT WITH FOREIGN LAND. Here is a list of 14 such foods:
Samosas claim to have originated in the Middle East before 10th century and were introduced in India in 14th century.
Biriyani was brought to India with the advent of Babur in 16th century.
Gulab Janum, the favourite sweet dish has debates regarding its origin but it has been mostly agreed that it is from Persia.
Tea originally hails from China and India got it from the 1600 when the Dutch traders brought them to the country.
Dal Bhaat, the staple food of the Bongs, is much more popular in Bangladesh and Nepal.
Chicken Tikka Masala is one of the most popular dishes in the United Kingdom and Robert Cook, a British government minister claims it to have a true British origin.
Rajma is said to be a popular dish in Nepal and North India but you would be amazed to know that it had been brought to India from Mexico.
Bandel cheese which is a tasty Asian cheese had its origin in Portugal and it is a result of the advent of colonialism in India.
After yeast was been introduced in India BY Egypt, naan was started to be made. And we give all the credits to Persians and Mughals!
Shukto is actually Portuguese dish, though originated from India. Nowadays many vegetables are used to enhance its taste.
Jalebi is said to be derived from West Asia where it is popular in the name of zulabiya in Arabic or the Persian zolbiya. But no one can resist its taste no matter from where it comes from.
We know that in India, coffee is cultivated in abundance in the Baba Budan hills. However, Baba Budan was acctually a revered Sufi saint from Karnataka while he was on his wasy to Mecca in 16th century.
Falooda, without which kulfi is impossible, is from Persia and was brought to India ny Muslim merchants.
Vindaloo, the popular Goan cuisine is from Portugal and it is evident from the fact that Goa was a Portuguese colony.