Last Updated on May 22, 2019 by Christine Kaaloa
Travel Tips: Eating Indian Food with your Hands
Eating Indian Food with your Hands
1. Be patient with your fingers.
It usually takes me a while to warm up when eating with my hands because in my western etiquette, my fingers are used to not touching my food.
Like hiking up your skirt when you’re walking in mud, my fingers don’t want to get dirty. They naturally lift themselves up! Most of us are used to the 3 pronged fork, because you know what it’s like to eat corn on the cob or a drumstick. It’s kinda safe. But this only good enough for picking up solid foods like samosas, not hard to hold foods like rice and curry. Next meal, I’ll venture the fourth finger. But I’ve still got tea cup pinkies and this is ineffective because I’ve still not got a good grip on my food. It still drips through my hands. Then finally, I throw the pinky in there and I’m going all in.
2. Which hand do you use?
3. How do you clean dirty hands?
4. Try not to be a princess.
As a westerner there are certain things I take for granted~ like napkins or rubber bands, plastic bags for takeout. Some vendors are making cents to the dollar, so when you order one thing but want napkins and a takeout bag, etc… that vendor is taking a loss.
I started realizing that everything costs something to an Indian. When I order takeout, everything from the bag to the rubber band adds up for the vendor.
5. Additional tips: Bring baby wipes and hand sanitizer.