Culture of eating in India

This is a post to understand the culture of eating out in India. Widen your knowledge.... Many Indian restaurants are not very formal. First of its kind article. I would provide more such articles and label them under general articles
Yes even those considered a best eatery or restaurant (Indian restaurant are usually very similar). The etiquette for Indian (or any ethnic South Asian) restaurants might be little different from other restaurants. Below I have provided some basic rules. These anyways is fast changing and this is just a guidance what to expect when you are in India.

1. No Beef or Pork ; Many Indians are either Hindus or Muslims. To Hindus cows are sacred, so no beef and to muslims pigs are disgusting animals to consume, so no pork. There are a few restaurants in India which are pure vegetarian (They dont even serve eggs).

2. Eating with hands ; Many types of foods especially the Indian breads are consumed by hands. It is ok to consume food with hands provided your hands are clean and the food is not messy.

3. Eating from others' plates ; Indians have this concept of people not encouraging the sharing of plates or cutleries coming in contact with their food. You cannot consume food from other plates because of the saliva or the indirect contact of your mouth into someones food.

4. Wining and Dining ; Indians do not have wine and dine culture and so even the government restricts eateries serving liquor without permission. Be aware not all restaurants serve liquor in India.

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