Wednesday, 22 April 2015

India Facts (3): Eating in Indian Style (FPFS Challenge)

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In India, you will find most people eat with their right hand as compared to people in west who mostly use fork & knife.  In the southern part of India, many people use as much of hand as is necessary, while elsewhere they use the tips of the fingers. The left hand is reserved for unsanitary actions such as removing shoes.  Whether eating Chapati’s (flat bread) or rice, people generally use their hands to cut the pieces or mixing the stuff. While in urban & metro cities, way of eating is different as people generally use cutlery while eating, however many people of conventional thinking (& those in rural areas) prefer to have it in their own ways of eating with their hands instead using spoon.

Here is the way to eat in Indian style: Mix with food with your fingers. If you having dhal and sabzi (vegetables), only mix the daal into your rice and have the sabzi in small scoops with each mouthful.  If you are having fish or meat curry, mix the gravy into your rice and take the flesh off the bones from the side of your plate.  Scoop up lumps of the mix and with your knuckles facing the dish, your thumb to shovel the food into your mouth.

Have you also tried this way of eating? Don’t be shy, please share your experience J

Hope you liked it. This was 3rd installment in Facts of India Series.

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I have been tagged by one of my best blogger friend, Shweta Dave to take part in Five photos Five stories Challenge (FPFS) which is- Post a picture for 5 consecutive days and attach a post to it , fiction, poem or short write-up or anything to suit your taste. I thank Shweta for this challenge. I accept it.

I am tagging my dear blogger friend Abhijit Bangal on Day Three and as a part of the challenge, I will tag a new person on Day Four.

8 comments:

  1. awesome Vishal... most of my family prefers to eat with the right hand :-) except my little niece who is a leftie :-)

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    1. Yeah, lot of people enjoy feasting with Indian style

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  2. Ha ha that is the way we like it! great post!

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    1. Good...I remember my friend used to tell me the benefits of eating this way. :)

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  3. It's great to see an Indian sit-down meal. Such occasions are getting rare these days now.

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    1. Yes, but whenever it happens, everyone enjoy to the fullest.

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  4. Vishal, most people don't think of it this way because Western thinking is increasingly all-pervasive but fact is the Indian way of eating with bare hands is more hygienic, allows for more enjoyment of eating and forces you into washing your hands/rinsing your mouth after. The Western way is contradictory because they ask for hands to be washed before the meal! That's strange because you are then picking up cutlery after to consume your meal. Whereas the Indian method is to wash your hands before and after. These days people in India ask to be served by people wearing gloves. That's really unhygienic in my view because in India it's likely that the gloves are being re-used and not disposed off after each serving. Far better that the guy or girl does not wear gloves and washes their hands instead.

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    1. Thanks for your views Lata. Yes I agree, sometimes we see some kind of lapses in maintaining hygiene while serving foods. I also noticed this in my workplace where they serve food with gloves and you pointed out a technical point of view for this. I have talked to number of people and most of them mentioned to me they enjoy more & satisfied while eating with hands, some people also told me about the nutritious benefits of eating with bare hands.

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