The Etiquette of Indian Dining

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With the popularity of Indian cuisine outside of the country, rules that traditionally govern the proper way of Indian dining has adapted somewhat to the present times. We look at some of these traditions to understand Indian dining etiquette.

Eating with the hands is still a predominant Indian custom, and eating from a banana leaf, especially in southern India, is still observed. However, the use of cutlery, like spoon and fork, is becoming acceptable. You must wash your hands before and after eating; the use of towels and napkins is now permissible when it used to be insufficient. Try not eat too slowly or too fast for you might be thought of as not liking your food, or else, be considered rude for eating too quickly.

Where sharing food is concerned, it may be viewed as rude and unhygienic to offer food coming from your own plate; it is considered impure with somebody else’s saliva. Unless it is between spouses and close family members, it’s alright to share dishes. You are also expected to eat everything on your plate as food is sacred. And, until your host or the eldest is done eating, it is considered polite not to leave the table.

Same Enjoyment for All

Here at MokSHA, we welcome all diners, of varying nationalities, particularly Americans, who love to indulge in authentic Indian cuisine in our trendy Bellevue location. We let them enjoy our ambiance, our service, and of course, our food which they came for in a pretty much free and friendly manner. Hindi families come to similarly enjoy home country cuisine with some adapted etiquette versions that do not take so much away from customary traditions. What is important is that our Bellevue Indian restaurant offers the same culinary experience to all.