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The beauty in following cultural etiquettes is that it allows you to understand, intermingle and enjoy its origin. Similar is the case with following eating etiquettes in India – the land of dreams and wonderfully delicious food.
Stepping into the northern side of India, you will find that a few social and eating norms are different from the other parts of it. However, majority of the Indians welcome foreigners wholeheartedly on their table and expect the same level of gratitude by simply anticipating a similar level of respect for their norms and eating gestures.
Let us start with a step by step easy to follow eating etiquette guide for the north side of India, which will not only make local socialization easier but rather a fun filled activity for you.
Preliminary Eating Etiquettes in India:
Area Specific Eating Etiquettes in India:
Use ONLY your right hand for eating and ONLY your left hand for drinking beverages such as beer, water or traditional Indian Lassi. Remember that in Northern India it is considered bad manners to use the entire hand to eat rice or left and right hand to tear a piece of chapatti. Also, only use your fingertips rather than the entire hand to eat rice, gravy or popular north Indian fish curry.
Use of cutlery and utensils is wide and open in luxurious Indian restaurants and hotels. Still, you will find that even the most polished Indians prefer using hands for eating traditional Indian food. Try following Indian eating norms next time you get invited to a dinner party and you might as well fall in love with the Indian food and culture all over again.