We are lucky to be able to live in a time when we have the opportunity to taste dishes from specialties around the world. However, some of these dishes, whose origins we think we know, actually come from another place, or even from another period! That’s why the CDA Appliances brand went into detail about some popular dishes and/or foods enjoyed around the world, to find out if they really are as authentic as we like to believe. Without further ado, here is a selection of dishes widely known, origins at least unexpected.
1) the donut
While we can think that donuts come from the United States, and more precisely from New York, in fact they find their origins in Greece. The many American films and series have repeatedly shown us the place occupied by donuts in their popular culture. However, although they do not have the characteristic shape of the donut, with its ring shape, the earliest versions of the donut as we know it today are believed to date back to when Dutch settlers brought them from Europe to New York. But it is indeed in Greece that the origin of the donut would be found. called loukoumades, they are kind of fried donuts covered with honey and garnished with sesame and cinnamon. These donuts are also considered one of the oldest listed desserts, since they would go back to the first Olympic Games, which would have been held around 776 BC. J.-C., where they were then offered as presents to the winners.
Having become a true symbol of French gastronomy abroad, this pastry actually originated in Austria, and more precisely in the city of Vienna (hence the name “pastry”). Entitled Kripfer the low, one of the legends says that the crescent would have been created following the siege of the city by the Turks in the 17th century. The Ottomans would then have dug tunnels during the night to invade the city, but would have been spotted by the bakers, the few to be awake very early in the morning, who then raised the alarm and prevented the capture of the city. To celebrate this victory over the Ottomans, Viennese bakers would have made a pastry in the shape of a crescent moon, then referring to the Turkish emblem, as a mockery of the defeated. And it was nearly a century later that the croissant landed in France, with the arrival of Marie-Antoinette of Austriawho will become the wife of Louis XVI.
Contrary to what one might think, it would seem that the churros do not come from Spain, but from China. This sweet dish that is often found at fairgrounds or on the beach is actually a variant of a Chinese fried preparation, called youtiao, which turns out to be salty rather than sweet originally. The story goes that Portuguese merchants would have tasted it, and that they would have brought the recipe back to Portugal after being conquered, then having the idea of adding sugar instead of salt. And it is by crossing the border that we can discover what will become the current churros, because it would be the Spaniards who decided to give them this famous star shape. However, the exact origin of churros seems to be still debated, with some believing that churros were invented by Spanish shepherds because they were easy to fry outdoors in the harsh conditions of the mountains.
If many people think that Italy is the birthplace of “la pasta”, a noodle dish dating back more than 4,000 years was discovered in China just 20 years agothus calling into question the origins of this popular dish in many parts of the globe. And precisely, the fact is that we already know that the Greeks, the Romans or the Arabs consumed pasta long before Marco Polo’s trip to China at the end of the 13th century, when he would have brought back the famous pasta. And while fresh pasta was still the norm, it seems to be the nomadic populations of the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa, used to living in the desert and having very little water, which would probably be at the origin of the creation of dry pastafor preservation purposes.
5) Chicken Tikka Masala
The origins of this dish remain unclear to many people. Some believe it comes from Bangladesh, others from Punjab, a state in northwestern India. But many tracks suggest that the dish was invented in Scotland, and more precisely in Glasgow. Chicken tikka is known to be a recipe originating from the Indian subcontinent, which became popular around the 1600s. But the story goes that tikka masala was born in the 1970s, thanks to Ahmed Aslam Alithe owner of a restaurant called Shish Mahal, after a customer complained that his chicken was too dry. He would have had the idea of adding Campbell’s tomato soup mixed with spicesin order to make the whole thing juicier, and would then have given birth to a now famous dish.
While many foods have been taken from India and adapted over time, vindaloo is not one of them. Considered a quintessentially Indian dish by most, its name is said to be actually a distorted pronunciation of the Portuguese dish. “carne de vinha d’alhos”, a meat dish marinated in wine vinegar and garlic. This dish is said to have been introduced to the region of Goa, India, by Portuguese settlers around the 15th century, after having been widely consumed in Portugal for many years. But since wine vinegar did not exist in India, local ingredients such as tamarind, black pepper and cardamom were used instead. Vindaloo is now considered in Europe, and particularly in the United Kingdom, as being one of the most spicy curries.
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