Indians love food. Actually no, we worship food. The rules about food in this country are strict and sometimes when I look at people abroad adding mayo to biryani I feel thankful that we have strict rules around food. Agreed that biryani is not even Indian, but so what? We love it, adding ketchup and mayo to it is pure blasphemy. On the holy grounds of the internet, wars have been fought for the legitimacy of veg and non-veg versions of the dish. Moreover, India has a rich history of adopting and owning everything from languages to art forms. This reflects in our cuisine as well. A lot of celebrated Indian dishes originated elsewhere then came here and we fell so in love with them that we accepted them with open arms and rightly so. Here's a list of some beloved Indian snacks having foreign origin
Here's a quick list of Indian Snacks having foreign origin
I know what you’re thinking ‘Impossible’ ‘Blasphemy’ ‘Lies’ but this is in fact true. The beloved Indian snack that is a staple of evening gossips and an absolute necessity of any token Indian party has a foreign origin. The dish was originally called ‘sambosa’ in Middle East and instead of a soft potato core had meat filling in it. The dish came to India somewhere around 13th- 14th century with the traders from Middle east. We swapped the meat for potato and voilà there was Samosa. A dish which was going to be the heart and soul of every discussion about Indian Snacks ever and also Indian snacks having origin
*A pooja thali drops in the distance* I hate to be the bearer of bad news but yes these beautiful spherical objects filled sugar and love (but mostly sugar) aren’t Indian either. The dish originated in Persia and was originally called ‘Luqmat al qadi' (thank God we changed the name right? ). At least this is one of the Indian snacks having foreign origin has a desi name thanks to us. The snack was made of dough and deep fried then served with honey syrup and sprinkled sugar. We completely removed the honey and replaced it with sugar syrup and it fit in our hearts like a puzzle.
Remember that 90’s ad where the child cancels his plan of running away because ‘Jalebi’. Well these sweet goodies are yet another Indian snack having foreign origin. If you’re heartbroken then know that you’re not alone, I am right there with you. I remember the riot when Rohan Joshi declared on his instagram live that he hates jalebi. The dish is famous across India in different forms. In the north we like our jalebis thin and crispy, down south they like it thick and sticky (Why though?). The dish yet again has its origin in Persia where it was known as ‘Zalibiya’.
Yet another Indian snack having foreign origin is Chai.
Chai, a commodity which some say is in our DNA, while others say it is simply is one of the objects that constitute our blood. This beautiful brown drink has laid the foundation for several friendships and has witnessed a great many debates on the ‘nukkad’. It is the flag bearer of Indian cuisine abroad. This is also a snack that has been assumed as Indian but has foreign origin. The tea leaves came to us from China. The British wanted to break the Chinese monopoly over the market so they introduced it to us in India.
Any discussion about Indian Snacks cannot end without discussing Dal bhaat, so how can a discussion about Indian snacks having foreign origin end without it? I know you’re broken inside by now and questioning your entire existence and thinking if anything in your life that you thought to be true is true or not? I promise that this is the last blow for today. Daal bhaat is actually a Nepali dish and made its way to India through North Indian routes and became a part of our daily lives.
At the end of this discussion, I would like to comfort you by saying that, mate, at least pani puri is 100% Indian.