It is said that the way to the heart goes through the stomach. Can’t say how much is true because it is a personal matter. This statement will not apply to some people who are not particularly fond of food. But for the people who fall in the category of food lovers, this statement is correct. However, while eating on ‘World Food Day’ can be talked about, ‘tea’ can be discussed.
Many years ago a trip was taken out in the country by an organization all over India – Vigyan Yatra. A song was sung a lot in it – ‘Kaun Kahan Se Aaye Ji, Aloo Mirchi Chai Ji.’ This song is written by poet Rajesh Utsahi. Rajesh has been my friend, probably in Bangalore these days. When it came to food, I remembered this song. Thought to find out which food came from where. The search turned out to be interesting.
Beginning with the most favorite dish of the gourmets, ‘Paratha’. ‘Paratha’ made headlines two days ago when a department of the Gujarat government justified the decision to impose GST on parathas. He used to say that ‘paratha’ is different from roti or chapati. According to a research, paratha originated from Peshawar, from where it spread throughout the Indian subcontinent. It started as a healthy breakfast in Peshawar. Even today, it remains the favorite breakfast of people all over the Indian sub-continent. It is suitable for those who go out for work because it fills the empty stomach till noon.
‘Jab Tak Rahega Samosa Mein Aloo, Tera Rohunga O Meri Shalu’ Akshay-Juhi and Kader Khan’s comedy movie ‘Mr. and Mr. You must remember this song of ‘Khiladi’. The song may not be liked by everyone, but ‘Aloo’ and ‘Samosa’ are liked by everyone. But tell me, neither potato nor samosa – these two are not from India.
Potato is the most consumed vegetable in the country. The kitchen is incomplete without it. It is consumed with most vegetables. Cabbage, brinjal, peas are cooked even with rice, they are eaten very fondly with flour, the same in the form of potato paratha. Potato has a long history. It was born around Lake Titicaca, located in the Andes mountain range of South America. The credit for promoting potatoes goes to Warren Hastings, who was the Governor General of India (from 1772 to 1785). Potato came to India from Spain. Potato, once called the ‘devil’s apple’ in Russia, is the fourth largest crop in the world in terms of yield.
Talk about samosas. According to an estimate, 6 to 7 crore samosas are eaten daily in India. Its origin is believed to be of Iran. In ancient times, samosa reached India via Afghanistan. On mentioning samosas, the mouth gets watery and with this one remembers ‘Jalebi’. Poha, jalebi and samosa are at the forefront of the process of beautifying hotels in the morning across India. As soon as we talk about ‘Jalebi’ of orange and red color dipped in sugar syrup, the mouth waters again. It reached the country with the Ottoman invaders.
The mention of a sweet called Jalabiya is found in the medieval book ‘Kitab-al-Tabiq’. Which originated in West Asia. In Iran, it is found in the name of ‘Julabiya’ or ‘Julubiya’. The talk of Jalebi is incomplete without Poha. Happily, Poha is a pure Indian dish. There is no information about its coming from other countries. Indori Poha is famous all over the country. Poha is so much liked by the people in the country that Poha Day is also celebrated in the country on 7th June.
When it comes to jalebi, one remembers a song from the movie ‘Phantom’ – ‘Afghan Jalebi, Mashook Farabi, Ghayal Hai Tera Deewana, Bhai Wa, Bhai Wa…’
If we are talking about jalebis immersed in sugar syrup, then how can one miss the mention of red-black ‘jam’ immersed in sugar syrup. Yes, ‘Gulab Jamun’, which is eaten with fervor all over India, is also a dish from far away Iran. It dates back to the thirteenth century, when Iranians used to deep fry maida tablets in ghee, then eat them by dipping them in honey or sugar syrup. At that time it was called ‘Lukmat al-Qadi’. When it came to India, it got a new name – ‘Gulab Jamun’ Why it was called Gulab Jamun, it is a different story, sometime again.
People say ‘green chili, red chili, chili is very strong, for a long time the anger in the body is very strong.’ We do not know whether chilli has the same relation to anger as mentioned in this line, but we do know that this chilli was introduced to Indians by Vasco da Gama, considered the world’s first wanderer. In 1498, he brought it from America to Goa. Later, the people of its pungent taste became so crazy that it spread all over the country. Chili originated in Mexico six thousand years ago. There are more than four hundred varieties of it.
Tea originated in China
We have used the word ‘tea’ at one place, so let us tell that its origin is believed to be from China. According to a legend, it is 2700 years ago. The Chinese rulers were drinking hot water while sitting in the garden. Suddenly a leaf of a tree fell into the water. The color of the water changed and a fragrance swam in the fizz. The king tasted it, liked the taste very much and the tea was incarnated in the world. It is said that the East India Company brought it to India.
You will probably hardly believe that many of the vegetables we eat every day are not from India. It’s about potatoes. Let’s talk about tomatoes. It is said that the history of tomato is old. Developing from South America in the sixteenth century, it reached India. There is another side which says it came to India from Mexico. Tomato is put in vegetables, its salad is also made and it is also beneficial for health. But is it a vegetable or a fruit? There was also a dispute in America regarding this and the matter reached the court. Members of the Knicks family filed a lawsuit against Collector Edward Hayden in the Port of New York. In this famous 1893 lawsuit regarding tariffs, the High Court ruled that ‘tomato is a vegetable, not a fruit’.
The ‘Phool Gobi’, which reached India during the Mughal period, is a product of the geological region of Cyprus or Italy. ‘Capsicum’ is native to the South American continent. ‘Corn’ ie ‘Bhutta’ came to us from Mexico. ‘Gourd’ reached us after walking from South Africa. ‘Beet’ was first produced in Rome and Greece.
On the go, do some shero poetry on food, talk about some work. A poet has said well –
‘O God, let no one cry in the night like this,
Do charisma, no one should sleep hungry.
Another poet says –
‘Today is kind to the Lord, then know this,
How beautiful it is to eat a full stomach’
You don’t know what you will say to the new age lover, but these poets say like this –
Friends, I will make such a history in love one day,
Even if my babu – gold goes to bed hungry but
I’ll eat it
Somebody has spoken of wisdom about this. Eating too much and thinking too much. Both are the biggest enemies of life, so eat only as much as is necessary for the body. Another very popular food that has been missed is the Vada Pav of Mumbai. It would be interesting to know that nothing (major ingredients) in this Indian dish, which is eaten with great fervor by the people of the country, is not from India. According to Dr. Ram Puniyani, ‘Pav in Vada Pav came from Afghanistan, gram dal (gram flour) from Mexico, potatoes from Spain and ginger added to taste from China.’ But these stories have their place and the stomach has its place. So eat a lot, if not a lot, eat a little less and be happy, be healthy. Good taste