6 Shocking Facts About Indian Food You Probably Didn’t Know

Indian food has made its way to countries all over the world. In fact, the word “curry” is grown out of its extraordinary Indian form as many dishes are now known by their ingredients. Check out these six shocking facts about Indian probably didn’t know.

Fact #1: Naan bread didn’t come from India

While Naan bread is a food staple in Indian meals, it is actually from Persia during 1300 AD. Naan is traditionally used to scoop food up rather than using utensils.

Fact #2: India is the largest chili manufacturer

As chili is the most popular spice used all over the world, India has made their mark as the world’s largest chili manufacturer. India is also said to be home to the hottest chili in the world instead of regions in South America. In fact, the bhut jolokia, also known as ghost chili is grown in India.

Fact #3: Samosas are not Indian

In fact, Samosas came from central Asia. It is said that samosas were introduced during the 13th century by Asian traders and gained its popularity when Amir Khusro – the supreme poet of Deli Sultanate wrote about how much he enjoys eating samosas.

Fact #4: Indian food is considered to have the lowest meat portions in the world

As cows are considered sacred in India, beef is a taboo with only leaves most parts of India to eat fish, vegetables, and poultry. Goat is also a favorite as it is considered to have a high nutritious content.

Fact #5: More than 75% of the world’s spices come from India.

India exports spices to over 120 countries in the world. The spice trade between the UK and India is even considered as the first start of the Age of Discovery in Europe.

Fact #6: Sugar production began in India.

Making sugar from sugarcane juice began in the Indian subcontinent. To this day, Indian sugar is considered to be the best-tasting sugar while it has been used for medical purposes only during the early first century. By the fifth century AD, crystallized sugar was also referred to as khanda, which is the root word of candy.

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