From Nachos To Butter Chicken, 20 Iconic Dishes That May Be Younger Than You!

by Shreya Ghosh
From Nachos To Butter Chicken, 20 Iconic Dishes That May Be Younger Than You!

Every dish has its own special origin, history, and stories. These delicacies have been ruling our hearts for generations after generations. When it comes to our favourite dishes; the ones that we are enjoying from our childhood hold a special corner of our hearts. As we grew up relishing these foods, we often think them to be very old. Interestingly, some of the world’s most popular and iconic dishes are not as old as we think them to be.

These Top 20 Iconic Dishes Are Surprisingly New!

Food and travel guide TasteAtlas recently shared a list of some of the most famous dishes from different corners of the world mentioning the years of their invention. This list reveals the top 20 iconic dishes that are actually fairly new and date back to just a few decades back.


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From Indian cuisine to Italian, this global list consists of dishes from different corners of the world. Some of our favourites such as Butter Chicken, Nachos, Chicken Tikka Masala, Pasta Carbonara, Banoffee Pie, and Tiramisu are mentioned here.

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These Globally Popular Delicacies Were Invented Just A Few Decades Back

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You will be stunned to hear that nachos have been invented back in 1943. Interestingly, many of our grandparents are older than nachos. Everyone’s favourite butter chicken was invented in India in the 1950s. Now isn’t this surprising? World-renowned dessert Banoffee Pie is probably the same age as our parents as it dates back to 1971. Delish Molten Chocolate Dessert was invented in New York City in 1987. It looks like many millennials grew up with this yummy dessert.

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Here’s A List Of The Top 20 Surprisingly New Iconic Dishes: 

  1. 1943: Nachos
  2. 1944: Pasta Carbonara
  3. 1949: Currywurst
  4. 1950: Carpaccio
  5. 1950s: Butter Chicken
  6. 1955: Shopska Salata
  7. 1962: Hawaiian Pizza
  8. 1960s: Sticky Toffee Pudding
  9. 1960s: Uramaki
  10. 1960s: Tiramisu
  11. 1971: Banoffee Pie
  12. 1971: Fajitas
  13. 1973: General Tso’s Chicken
  14. 1970s: Chicken Tikka Masala
  15. 1970s: Doner Kebab Sandwich
  16. 1975: Pasta Primavera
  17. 1975: Tartiflette
  18. 1982: Ciabatta
  19. 1980s: Salmon Sushi
  20. 1987: Molten Chocolate Cake

Has your favourite dish made it to the list of surprisingly new iconic dishes?

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