Indian Foods That Are Not Indian at All

By | February 8, 2018
Non Indian food

The heartbreaking truth about Indian foods that are not Indian but originated from other country but Indians gave them new shape, size and name also.

Here are some Indian foods:

1. Samosa


Samosa actually has origins in the Middle East, originally called ‘sambosa‘, the Indian samosa was actually introduced to the country sometime between the 13th and 14th century by traders of the Middle East.

2. Dal Bhaat

dal bhat

Though dal bhaat seems like a very simple, Indian dish, it is not Indian at all. Dal bhaat is actually of Nepali origin,the dish entered India and spread throughout the region.

3. Jalebi


Jalebi, the delicious sweet is famous all over India. North India loves their thin and crispy jalebi, the South Indian version consists of thicker. Jalebi is actually from the Middle East, the dish was brought to India by Persian invaders. Shocking isn’t it???

4. Gulab Jamuns

gulab jamun

Gulab Jamun is enough to send anyone to food heaven, the favorite Indian dessert originated in the Mediterranean and Persia. Shocked ??? This famous mouth watering sweet is not Indian, but the love for Gulab Jamun is still the same.

5. Chai


The unassuming comfort drink of almost every Indian, has it’s origins in China. Later the Britains soon discovered it and loved it’s versatile nature and they brought the humble ‘chai’ to India. Tea became so popular in India that we Indians feel like taking a sip of tea is the solution to every small problems like headache,small fights, bad mood and the list goes on.

6. Rajma


The initial preparation or soaking and boiling the beans and adding a few spices is adapted from Mexican recipes. The bean and recipes prepared using Rajma are famous in North India and the locals often add Indian spices and vegetables like onions and tomatoes to make it tangy.

7. Naan

non Indian food

Not only in India but this is one dish that is loved all over the world. But naan is not Indian but was brought to India during the Mughal era, naan has it’s roots in Persian cuisine.

8. Shukto

non Indian food


Shukto has it’s origins in Portuguese cuisine and was prepared from Karela or Bitter Gourd by the Portuguese in olden days, but now Indian add multiple other vegetables and a dash of milk/sweet to cut the spice were added to the dish.

Shocked ?? How can it not be Indian?  But whatever, we’re just happy we get to hog these yummy yummy food!

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