Cheese Fondue: History Of The Popular Swiss Dish Which Changed The Culinary Industry

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Majorly influenced by the French, German and Italian cuisine, the roots of classic cheese fondue is traced back to the 18th century Switzerland. Read to know.

Written By Tarun Nair | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Cheese fondue is one of the few dishes that need no introduction, as people across the globe love gorging on this popular Swiss delicacy. Famous for its unusual flavours and finesse, cheese fondue is an indigenous dish, as it is made in different styles in different cultures. Majorly influenced by the French, German and Italian cuisine, the roots of classic cheese fondue is traced back to the 18th century Switzerland. Here are all the details.

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The history of cheese fondue

According to ancient legends, the origin of cheese fondue is traced back to the early 18th century when the families used to have cheese and bread during the extreme winters in Switzerland. Back then, the business of cheese and bread grew exponentially in the country during the summers, as families found it feasible to store the food for extreme winter weathers. While the cheese would age perfectly due to long storage, bread became stale and hard. However, the Swiss locals would heat the cheese with vines, garlic and several herbs and dip their stale bread into it. The bread would eventually soften when dipped into the hot flavourful cheese mixture. The word ‘fondue’ comes from the French word ‘fondre’, which means to melt. Since then, the term ‘fondue’ has been used to refer to many other types of fondue mixtures like chocolate, meat, and chicken fondue.

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Influence of cheese fondue in India

As large numbers of Indians travel to Switzerland every year, the popularity of cheese fondue has been constantly on the rise in India too. Many Indian restaurants and eateries serve a variety of cheese fondue options that matches well with the Indian taste palate. One of the most popular Indian fondue options, Dal Makhani Fondue is enjoyed by food lovers across the country. Served with some flaky paratha or bread cubes, Dal Makhani Fondue is one of the most-loved dishes across the country.

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