Five famous Indian delicacies that you won’t believe were invented in India

We Indians are very welcoming. We take ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ quite seriously, especially for people from foreign lands. We get to learn about their cultures and the most important thing – their food. Over the years, we have adopted many foreign dishes, and these food items have become an important part of lives, just like – pasta, pizza, noodles and many other delicious food items. While we were searching for good Indian foods, we got a shock of our lives, when we found out that some of our favourite Indian dishes are actually not Indian! Yes, you read that right. Here’s the list of ‘foreign dishes’ which we thought were Indian:


Unbelievable! Right? However, we are not lying. India’s favourite snack and ‘chai buddy’ originated in the Middle East and was called Sambosa until the 10th century. Sambosa was brought to India somewhere between the 13th and 14th century. Indian really loved it, the proof is that we still are fond of them and god knows when Sambosa became Samosa.


We won’t get into the debate of Veg or Non-Veg Biryani, but who doesn’t like Biryani? There are many stories on how and where Biryani was invented but the place was definitely not in India. This delicacy originated from Persia and the word comes from the word – Birian which means rice.


Surprised? We were also very surprised when we got to know that Idli is not from south India. In fact, Idli was first invented in Indonesia and they called it Kedli. It came to India only after cooks accompanying Indonesian Hindu kings introduced fermentation and steaming in India.

Gulab Jamun

We are sure this list of dishes will make you very sad. Just like the other dishes, Gulab Jamun is also not from India. This wonderful sweet delicacy was given to us by the Persians. The dessert got its first name ‘Gulab’ from the Persian words ‘gol’ (flower) and ‘ab’ (water).


Who would believe that our beloved Jalebi is not from India? Our hot and sweet friend was founded in the Middle East. It was originally known as Zalabiya in Arabic and Persian.


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