Food is such an important part of our life with so many varieties. Their are multiple mouth watering cuisines in todays world.
But did you ever wonder that every dish you eat or every drink you have, has a history behind it. There is a story of invention and origin behind each of it.
Let’s take a look at the origin of some of the popular varieties of food and beverage that everyone loves and craves to have.
The origin of biryani lies in Persia and was later brought to India where it was further developed by the Mughals in the Mughal Royal Kitchen during the Mughal period. It is said that Shah Jahan, the Mughal Emperor’s Queen, Mumtaz Mahal, asked the chef to create and serve a special dish that provides balanced nutritions to the undernourished army people that she visited once. That is how the creation of biryani took place.
This invention was followed by creating various types like Hyderabadi Biryani and Calcutta Biryani.
“Biryani” comes from the Persian word “birian” that means “fried before cooking”.
- Margherita Pizza
The name Margherita was derived from Queen Margherita of Savoy. During her visit to Naples, chef Raffaele Esposito of Pizzeria Brandi along with his wife created a pizza that resembled the colour of the Italian flag using the ingredients Tomato (red), Mozzarella ( white) and Basil (green). As it was created for and served to Queen Margherita, and she liked it, it was named after her.
The origin of Tea took place in southwestern China where it was used as a medical drink. It was when Chinese Emperor, Shen Nung, got to know about the plant Camellia sinensis. As his troops took shelter under the trees, a few leaves of the plants fell into the pot of boiling water due to the wind and they took the first sip of tea. That’s how tea was invented.
- French Fries
By looking at its name you might think that they originated from France. But we are giving all the credits to the wrong country.
Earlier, the poor villagers of Meuse Valley, used to catch small fish, fry and eat them. When the winter came and the river froze, they were forced to look at other food sources. They moved to the root plant, potato. They sliced and deep fried it just like they used to fry the fish. That’s how Fries were invented.
During the World War I, when the American soldiers took a hault in Belgium, they were served Fries which they enjoyed having. Since then, fries became a popular snack.
The official language of Belgium was French, so the French soldiers named it as French Fries.
The creation of the World’s favourite spread was done in Italy by the son of Pietro Ferrero, named Michele. He improvised his Father’s recipe called SuperCrema, which was made using hazelnuts, sugar and small amount of rare cocoa.
Michele, evenly used new hazelnut and cocoa cream and the World famous spread was invented and named Nutella.
- Chicken Nuggets
Back in 1950’s, when the meat industry faced two major problems, one was being able to clump meat without a skin and second was producing a batter coating that could be deep fried and frozen without being detached. A food science professor, Robert C. Baker, in United States, invented a chicken piece of bite size, coated in batter and deep fried. He named it as ‘Chicken Crispie’ . He published it as his unpatented academic work. It became the solution to the meat industry problems and were called Chicken Nuggets.
Popsicles was everyone’s most favourite thing in the childhood since generations. It has the most interesting invention story. It was invented by accident in San Francisco.
Back in 1905, an 11 year old boy, named Frank Epperson, mixed soda powder and water in a glass with a stirrer to treat his friends. He left the glass outside in the cold chilly night and forgot about it.
The next day he discovered the first popsicle. He pulled out the ice candy along with the frozen stirrer by running it under hot water and then tasted it. He enjoyed it and decided to name it as Epsicle. He sold it in the neighbourhood.
After 18 years, he applied for a patent. He recommended birch, poplar, or wood-bass for the stick.
As he was now a grown man with children he renamed his Epsicle as Popsicle the all the generations since then enjoyed it.
Ignacio Ananya at a restaurant in Mexico, fried some chips and added some toppings. He served it to the first batch for a group of hungry U.S. military wives. Just like that Nachos were invented. He names it after his Nick name that was Nacho.
The origin of the Hamburger is quite complicated. It is named after a German city, Hamburg. The patty was made using meat and was served as Hamburg steaks and went on for a long time. Later people found it difficult to eat the Hamburg steaks alone.
Hence, USA was the first country to combine the patty and the bread or bun together. There went on controversies about the origin of the Burger as both the important parts, the patty and the bun were invented separately. At last in the 20th century, Hamburger was identified with the United States of America as they were the ones who combined both the basic ingredients.
Sandwich was a result of unwillingness to get up for food break. British statesman John Montagu, who was a gambler in England, was so deep into playing cards that he didn’t want to leave the table and take a food break. Therefore, he told his servant to make him something that he can eat without having to get up from his place and continue playing. So his servant stuffed a piece of meat between two breads and that’s how the sandwich was invented. However, the name of the servant got lost in the history. Later, his friends demanded for the sandwich too and since then it became popular.
So next time when you have any of these things, you’ll be aware of their stories and you won’t be able to stop yourself from sharing it with the person you have it with.