Food unites everyone. Just like love and good deeds, there are no boundaries to it. The aroma of a dish from a faraway country may be coming from your backyard. And similarly, the dish you thought was your area’s staple is now selling like hot cakes in some other part of the world.
One such country is India – A place of exotic beauty that has always pulled in visitors and travelers with its rare and delightful spices. Every corner of India has a certain flavor which is hard to replicate. It all feels different but yet the same. The tastes might be different but the feeling of satisfaction always feels so familiar.
While many of you have tasted Indian food, authentic or not but here’s a simple question for you. Have you ever had the full Indian Dining experience? If you are not native to India then the most probable answer is no, you have not! Well, how? The Indian dining experience is only complete once you actually follow the specific dining etiquettes that the Indians have.
Getting eager to learn? Here are 4 things that you should know about Indian dining etiquettes to get the full-fledged feel of Indian food –
Cutlery is Not Needed
You may find it funny or even concerning but Indians don’t bother with cutlery. Hands are natural and make the food tastier. And unlike what many Westerners believe, you don’t use the whole hand or palm, just the fingers are enough.
If you have seen any Indian food then you would realize why the fingers are better. Using spoons or forks is not possible with rotis or dosas – both common across Indian restaurants in many places like the Americas or Europe.
While there is nothing wrong with spoons and forks, using them to enjoy Indian food is more cumbersome than convenient. So stick with the hands but don’t force your hand into your throat and please don’t use the wrong hand.
Right is Always Right
According to Indian traditions, specifically, the Hindu ones, eating with your left hand is considered unclean. The reason for this is because Indians use the left hand to clean after going to the toilet. And when your food is considered God then who would want to give him a touch with the dirty hand?
So whenever possible, use the right one. No one would harm you if you use the left hand but maybe eating Indian food with your weaker hand may give you ambidexterity.
Sharing is Caring
You are with your friend visiting a local Indian restaurant. He ordered a dish and you ordered something else. In most conditions, it is perfectly acceptable to enjoy them as it is. But to make it a wholesome Indian dining experience, you both should share the food if possible. Not the whole plate, just some little bites are fine. But if it is getting a little over for you then you should know…..
Do Not Waste Food
Indian values put sharing and respecting food at the top. You don’t want to go against any of these. If you find anything tasty then let others have a bite of it. But if you throw in a lot of stuff without caring if your puny stomach is even capable of handling the torment of the spices then you should rethink about Indian dining.
Only put in so much food that you can finish with comfort. Indian restaurants never say no to more orders so if you liked something then just ask for little more. Don’t waste by ordering too much. That’s disrespectful.