Asian food tastes better when it is eaten using chopsticks. Similarly, the flavours of Indian diet are better experienced when it is eaten using your fingers. Most often flat hard breads or rice is served with different spicy curries and other side dishes. While a spoon and fork can be used to eat the rice, the only way to eat the flat bread is to tear it with your fingers and use the pieces to scoop up the flavourful curries. However, purists say both rice and flat bread taste better when you make use of your fingers.
As far as Indian nutrition is concerned, it is more important how much you eat than how you eat it. Westerns are more accustomed to meals with meat or fish as the main dish. However, rice or flat bread is the main dish in an Indian meal and the meat or fish curries and other accompaniments are to be consumed in much smaller quantities. The spicier the dish, the smaller the amount to be eaten and rice or flat bread serves to neutralize their strong flavours. Another indication of how much to eat is the size of the serving spoon provided for a spicy dish. Some very spicy dishes are provided with coffee spoons. However, it is always better to warn an unsuspecting guest about how hot or spicy a particular dish is to avoid discomfort. All of these facilities are provided at the best Indian restaurants.
Pappadams or crisp lentil wafers are always to be served in separate plates to preserve their crispiness. The right way to serve a meal is to first serve the rice in the middle of the plate and then serve the curries and other accompaniments around it in relatively smaller amounts. Contrary to general assumption that all the accompaniments have to be mixed together with the rice, each side dish has to be savoured separately with a piece of flat bread or a spoonful of rice. Indian restaurants serve food in such a way that you wouldn’t be able to resist it. Each food item is so unique in its flavour and texture that your taste buds will want more.