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"There is no sincere love than the love for food"
Food is such an item which can instantly help in lighting up our mood. In our life, we search for the delicacies which will touch our soul while passing through the taste buds. If you are born in India, then you are blessed with options for a wide variety of such dishes. Though while savoring the delicacies, we don't much worry about the origin of the food but there are some that will certainly leave us surprised. They are so much integrated with Indian culture that it is hard to think they are not from India. Want to know which immigrant dishes blended perfectly with our vibrant food culture?
Jalebi: Complicated looking golden colored sweet that never fails to make your sweet tooth twitch.
With the use of basic few ingredients, people from a different corner of the country uses various methods to make this golden delicacy. However, the pages of history say that the birthplace of this very Indian sweet is not this country but is Western Asia. The first mention of this sweet is found in the book of foods written by Muhammad bin Hasan al-Baghdadi in the 13th century. There he mentioned the sweet named Zalibiya. It came to India with the Muslim artists, vendors, and conquerors from West Asia. Slowly, people from all over the country started taking a keen interest in this delicious sweet. History of this crucial Indian sweet can be traced over 500 years. Though an immigrant it knows to bind the Indian in the love of sweetness.
Samosa: A triangular shaped happiness which tastes amazing with green and imli chutney.
Do you know that your chai-time friend is actually an immigrant? Today, we tell you the fascinating journey of deep-golden fried samosas from Iran to India. The mention of this snack is found in Tarikh-i-Bayhaqi, according to which, it emerged in Middle East Asia during 10th century AD. At that time it was known as Sambosa. While it is predominantly a vegetarian snack in India, it was made with meat, spices, and dried fruits at that time. It came to India in about 14th century with the traders who came from Middle East Asia and since then is loved by everyone.
Rasgulla: White spongy ball of sweetness that takes you to the food heaven
Bengalis hold your emotions as we are going to break the sad news. The delicacy and the signature sweet dish from Bengal, which have won millions of taste buds, is not from India. Now, stop crying and listen to the tale. Well, shaping the 'cheena' into a ball and boiling it into sugar syrup was indeed done by a Bengali sweet maker. However, it would have never been possible if the Portuguese and Eurasian didn't bring their method of making 'cheena' out of milk to India. Thus, the main ingredient of this sweet is indeed a gift from the other part of the world.
Falooda: The yummy layered drink that can spark the feeling of total bliss
If we talk about the famous drinks of India, then Falooda certainly deserves a special mention. This cold drink with different variations, as you have rightly guessed, is not Indian born. Around 400 BC, the Persian mixed the frozen drink called Sherbet with vermicelli (Seviyan) to create an all new dish 'Faloodeh'. In 16th century AD, this heart–melting drink came to India with Mughals. Then, it got its new look with the addition of fruits and rose syrup.
Modak: Momo like dish with a sweet twist.
The steamed sweet delicacy of India which is often seen as the favorite food of Lord Ganesha actually came to India as a guest. Well, not the dish itself but one of its main ingredients, coconut. Guess it got so much love that it decided to stay forever! The coconut actually came to India by floating through the water bodies and then settled when the trees started growing all over.
Mulligatawny: The taste bud teasing soup of a Mixed Origin.
Made from pulses and spices with a hint of curry leaves, this yum dish has become an integral part of Indian cuisine. Needless to say, you are eager to know about its history. When the British soldiers wanted to savor the taste of soup, the Indian chefs experimented with the foreign recipe and Indian dish, Rasam. The result came out as Mulligatawny which also became famous in the other British Colonies too.
Chicken Tikka Masala: The dish wish makes every non-vegetarian happy.
It is often said that to make a Punjabi happy, just serve him Chicken Tikka Masala. Yes, it is not an Indian creation, and the place of origin is Glasgow. This was an improvised version of a dry chicken and first prepared in 1971. Needless to say, it gained immense popularity among Indian audience.
Which one surprised you the most? Don't forget to let us know.