5 Native Foods That Aren’t Actually From Where You Think

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Native foods tell us the stories of different culinary cultures around the world. Most of the times, they are passed on to different parts of the world through modern generations and enrich the diets of all people.

But sometimes, their origins can be unexpected and it turns out that foods which were attributed to a particular region might as well have their roots from a completely different place. Here are 5 such food origins that aren’t from where they actually are believed to be.

1. French Fires

This is one of the world’s favourite food and is thought to be invented by the French people. However, this crispy and thin version of the potato chips isn’t actually from France but from Belgium. Belgians liked frying small fish; and when they had no fish, they are thought to cut the potatoes in the shape of small and thin fish.

2. Tikka Masala

This is another food whose origins are very much disputed. It’s actually attributed to the Indian state of Punjab but some people claim that it was first made in Glasgow during the 1970’s probably by a chef from Bangladesh who prepared a delicious chicken by adding sauce to chicken pieces.

3. Fajitas

Fajitas is a staple food item served all over Mexico and is widely believed that it originated in Mexico. The dish is a combination of meat and veg that is served hot on a skillet and is accompanied by tortillas. But it is actually from a Texas ranch who mastered the dish as early as the 1930s.

4. Croissants

Croissant is another food that is popularly believed to have its roots in France. However, this pastry is from Austria. It is believed that an Austrian artillery officer started a bakery in the city of Paris and introduced this dish that is actually a form of Viennese kipferl to the French people.

5. Vindaloo

Many people think this food originated in India. But it seems to be actually from Portugal. Portuguese explorers introduced this dish they called as carne de vinha d’alhos to the Indians which was marinated in garlic and vinegar. Indians made their own version adding spices including cardamom, cinnamon and spicy chillies.