Today, formal dining is quite a common affair for all. From office meets to social gatherings – we arrange for formal dinners every now and then. This is why it gets important to know the basic dining etiquette to go for such dinner meets. For the unversed, dining etiquette refers to some set manners in which one should conduct during a formal dining situation. But have you ever thought of following any such rule while enjoying Indian foods, that too in an informal setup?! We recently came across a video that demonstrates how one should behave while having Indian meal in an informal or semi-formal setup. The video has been shared by etiquette coach Manik Kaur on her Instagram handle ‘mindful_living_by_manik_kaur’.
The video features how one should take a serving of dal or curry while eating with rice. Instead of pouring dal on rice, the etiquette coach suggests to take it in a bowl and mix in small portions. The video also demonstrates how sabzi and dahi should be mixed to rice while eating. According to the video, it’s okay to mix sabzi with rice, but not more than two items should be mixed at one time. “Indian Dining Etiquette” (Semi formal and Formal),” the caption read. Take a look at the video:
It seems the video didn’t go well with several desi internet users. A Twitter user, with the handle named ‘Haryana grande’ shared the video and wrote alongside, “Dining etiquette and it’s just the worst takes ever. Anybody who says never pour your dal over chawal has a weird superiority complex for no reason. The same with people who look down on eating rice with hands.”
“This wouldn’t have made me overreact usually but her reel was so let me teach u how to eat ur own food ugh,” she added.
This wouldn’t have made me overreact usually but the her reel was so let me teach u how to eat ur own food ugh— haryana grande (@itnamatsharma) January 15, 2022
Several people reacted to the post and wrote, “The only dining etiquette that needs to be followed when it comes to Indian food, is that khaane ke baad dakaar lena hota hai (one must burp after eating).”
Another comment read, “I make a circular hill of rice then put rajma and then boondi raita. It looks like heaven.”
“I mean I understand using cutlery correctly and so on, but this just sounds like she’s trying so hard to conform to British standards,” a third comment read.
My new technique is to make a little pit in the centre of my rice mound to pour the dal into so that it doesn’t flood the entire plate. ????
Who pours out a spoonful of dal at a time???— Asmita (@asmitaghosh18) January 16, 2022
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About Somdatta SahaExplorer- this is what Somdatta likes to call herself. Be it in terms of food, people or places, all she craves for is to know the unknown. A simple aglio olio pasta or daal-chawal and a good movie can make her day.