Know the origin of these 12 popular dishes worldwide

1. Popular foods and their origins!

Popular foods and their origins!

There are several dishes that you have been enjoying, but you might not be aware of their true origins. For example, if you think Samosa originated in India, you will surely be surprised to learn that it is not true! This droolworthy snack was originally introduced by Middle Eastern chefs during the reign of Khilji dynasty. Likewise, there are many popular foods, whose origin you might be unaware of! Have a look!

2. Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter

Contrary to the belief that it is American, peanut butter is originally a Canadian product.

3. Sushi


Japanese staple, sushi is a widely popular food and has its origins in Southeast Asia and NOT Japan! People used to wrap meat (chicken and fish) in rice for freshness in ancient times so that they could consume it for a longer duration.

4. Cheesesake


This mouth-watering dessert is thought to have originated in New York. However, you will be surprised to know that it’s the Greeks who first introduced cheesecake to the world.

5. Fortune Cookies

Fortune Cookies

Hugely popular in China, this delicacy was first made in a bakery in California, US.

6. Samosa


Thought to be of Indian origin, samosa was earlier known as ‘Sambosa’ or ‘Samsa’. This droolworthy snack was originally introduced by Middle Eastern chefs during the reign of Khilji dynasty.

7. French Fries

French Fries

These crunchy fries are not at all from France! Despite the numerous claims by French people that it’s theirs, this dish has its origins in Belgium.

8. Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken tikka masala is a popular British food and is a dish introduced by a restaurant in Glasgow, Scotland.

9. Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Americans love gorging on apple pies and might feel sad about the fact that it’s not theirs! Compared with the modern versions, the traditional apple pie originated in medieval England and was known as ‘pyes’ with a meat filling!

10. Vindaloo


Known for the tangy and spicy flavours, vindaloo is originally a Portuguese dish. The name itself is derived from the Portuguese term “vin d’alho” which literally means wine and garlic for ‘vinho’ and ‘alho’.

11. Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

This one is a classic case of misconceptions in the food history, as several countries have put their claim on it! The origins of fish and chips are still unclear. It is certainly not British but if reports are to be believed, this dish is either from Belgium or France.

12. Pasta


A favourite of many, pasta is a staple food in Italy. Those who believe that pasta is an Italian dish might be in for a shock, as it originated in China. It was discovered by none other than Marco Polo, the famous Italian explorer!

13. Biryani


A dish, which is associated with Mughals, its name is enough to bring water in the mouth! Biryani is originally a Persian dish.