Give me all the fancy cutlery you want, but no matter which part of the country you are in, khaane ka maza comes from eating with your hands on a steel plate. There, I said it. The dal or sambar has to be poured on the rice, the sabzi has to be mixed with dal chawal, and other people’s feelings at the dining table shouldn’t be considered at all.
Which is why, people online kinda lost their cool after an etiquette and behavioural coach tried to school them on ‘proper’ Indian dining etiquettes. In a video, she claimed that items like dal, curry, or rajma shouldn’t be poured on the entire serving of rice and should be mixed one spoon at a time, that no more than two items should be mixed at a time, and not to mix curd with everything as it might make people feel uncomfortable.
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And several Indians on Twitter strongly disagreed.
DiNiNg eTiQuetTes 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 pic.twitter.com/8BBcd6QRO3
— haryana grande (@itnamatsharma) January 15, 2022
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This is how many people revealed they prefer eating their food and are proud of it:
This is how I eat Dal- Chawal 😋 pic.twitter.com/zdWu6e6J8c
— Abhishek Kumar Yadav (@kya_yadav_ji) January 16, 2022
I make a circular hill of rice then put rajma and then boondi raita. It looks like heaven
— Vallabh (@vallabh_iaf) January 15, 2022
Pls don’t bring these etiquettes to my table. If the rice is not floating in the dal/rajam are you even livin life?
— Shraddha (@shraddha_shenoy) January 15, 2022
I mean, on some days, I just have a couple of spoons of rice and a bowl full of dal and the rice just…floats in the bowl.
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
what the fuck, tf is INDIAN DINING ETIQUETTE, who asked bro. Curd can people around uncomfortable it seems ugh
— birYani propaganda. (@Lakshayamathav) January 15, 2022
To hell with people teaching me food etiquettes – I’ll make a khichdi mixing whatever I want and eat howsoever I want & it’s nobody’s business!
— Humse Kya 🤷♂️ (@HumseKya) January 16, 2022
She should have seen this coming.
My Telugu self is SO annoyed with the curd comment
— maragathavalli alias maggi (@piripirifriesss) January 15, 2022
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 😭
— *hugs* (@akwaregia) January 15, 2022
“it can make people around you feel not so good” HAINNN ESA KYA GUNHA KAR RAHA HUN MAI 😂😂
— Idk (@idkwhoiam56) January 15, 2022
idc if “people around me feel not so good” but I will continue to mix curd with anything n everything under the sun and I will also eat rice which is drowning in sambaar/curry/dal with my bare hands fuck u ma’am u havent tasted heaven if you’ve never eaten rice w ur hands
— Prachita Kukreja (@kurkureja) January 15, 2022
bhai merko toh dahi ke bina gale se nivala na utre…main toh kurkure ke sath bhi dahi khati hu aksar 😭
— mehakte kachchhe (@HaggteZakhm) January 16, 2022
Do you agree with the coach’s dining etiquette? Tell us!