Fine Indian Food
How “Indian” is our Indian Food?
Most people know that the ever-popular chicken tikka masala served up in many Indian restaurants actually originated here in Britain. However, did you also realise that these are not original Indian foods?
•Samosa. Bite into the tasty flaky pastry and taste the meat or vegetable filling and you would think this is the ultimate Indian speciality. You’d be wrong, though, as it originates in Persia and was brought into India by Persian traders in the Middle Ages.
•Vindaloo. India was colonised by many European nations, including Portugal who occupied Goa. Here can be found the hot spicy dish known as vindaloo. As aloo means potato in Hindi, you might assume it was a dish containing that vegetable. You would be very much mistaken, however. The original name for this meat dish was Portuguese, carne de vinhad’alhos. Vinha isPortuguese for wine and alhos means garlic.
•Naan bread. This soft, white bread must surely be available at every Indian food outlet in Britain, but it is not from the sub-continent originally. Versions of naan bread were available in Afghani and Iranian restaurants long before they appeared in India during the Mughal era.
•Chai or tea. Many consider tea or chai to be India’s national drink. It originates in China, however, and that country used to have a virtual monopoly of production. It was in order to break this monopoly that the British introduced tea production to India. It took until the 1950s for tea to become such a popular drink throughout the country.
Nevertheless, India made all these dishes their own and they feature in many Indian restaurants across Britain. To sample the best Indian food in Gloucester call in at BaburchiCuisine. Contact them on 01452 300615 or visit indianrestaurantgloucester.co.uk to view their eat in and take away menus.