Swe­den’s na­tional dish – or is it ?

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Tale Spin -

Swe­den could well be flavour of the fu­ture, with its su­perla­tive Gripen mul­ti­role fighter amongst those be­ing eval­u­ated by the IAF, when pre­sum­ably In­dian per­son­nel would be sec­onded to this Scan­di­na­vian na­tion for con­ver­sion train­ing. And cer­tainly they would be of­fered Swedish fare, in­clud­ing the sig­na­ture ‘na­tional dish’, be­ing meat balls. Imag­ine then Swe­den’s con­ster­na­tion when it was re­cently ‘dis­cov­ered’ that this is ac­tu­ally based on a recipe that King Charles XII brought home from Turkey in the early 18th cen­tury. The Turks re­joiced even as the Swedes were dis­mayed.

But then, ac­cord­ing to an In­dian food czar, the samosa is ac­tu­ally from Turkey too.

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