Due to the western influence, we Indians have become more interested in learning the etiquette and table manners of foreign countries, instead of being well aware of our own. While most of the Indian dining etiquettes are taught at home to children while growing up, we seem to have forgotten them.
This shouldn’t be the case, as besides learning global culture, one should also be well-versed with things that have originated in our country. With time Indian etiquettes are becoming more and more renowned. If you think your knowledge regarding the Indian dining etiquette is not up to the mark, here is your chance to learn them!
Wash And Dry Your Hands Before & After
To savour Indian dishes, we hardly use a set of cutleries. Most foods are eaten using hands. In fact, there is saying that the food tastes better when consumed using hands. That’s why it is a must that you wash and dry your hands before and after each and every meal. Given the current health pandemic situation, this habit has become more of a necessity to keep germs and virus away from our systems.
Food Is Served In One Go
Unlike most foreign countries, here in India, there is no culture of serving meals in different courses, such as starters, main course, etc. While we seem to now be adopting this custom, in our country everything is served in one go. This doesn’t mean that the food will be served in heavy quantity all at the same time. You will be offered various chutneys, veggies, dals, etc all at the same time and if you feel like having more, go for the second round. This allows you to try different flavours all the same time to create magic in your mouth.
Always Use Your Right Hand
As discussed earlier, no set of cutleries, but the hand is used to relish food in India. But not both of your hands, just the right one. There are two reasons behind this, we Indians considered left hand dirty and hence, use only right hand to eat even if you are a lefty. Second, your left hand should be left free to drink water or to pass food and serve food to yourself and others. This practice keeps common utensils from getting dirty!
Share Your Dish With The Other
We Indians don’t just say sharing is caring, but we actually believe and practice it, especially on the dining table. However, you cannot give away anything that you’re eating directly from your plate. You can only pass the common serving dish to offer food to others. Vice versa, taking food from someone else’s plate is considered bad manners under the Indian dining etiquette.
Don’t Leave Anything On Your Plate
Never ever leave food in your plate. That’s why it is always recommended to take as much as you can eat (even when your relatives seem to be forcing you). We Indians do not appreciate food wastage (how to use leftover veggies to avoid food wastage), as we understand the value of growing and buying the food grains. Also, do not play or disrespect food in any other way, as it is also considered bad in Indian culture.
Remain Seated Until The Eldest Person At The Table Finishes Their Food
Last but by no means the least importance Indian table manner, don’t get up as soon as you finish your meal. You will end up offending everyone. Wait until everyone, especially the eldest member of the family (tips for fuss-free travel with family) has eaten his/her food. Meanwhile, you can talk or just appreciate the food that was offered to you!
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