Seekhle Kebab Learning Bites: Dining Etiquette and Indian Food

Feeling hungry for learning? We have just the thing for you. Taking inspiration from the famous dish – Seekh Kebabs, we have started this series of short articles with quick tips on a particular topic.

Enjoy reading this Seekhle Kebab on Dining Etiquette with your favorite chutney i.e. Action on the learning.


Forks and Knives are a common thing now and much has been written and shared across the internet on dining etiquette as per the western culture. But what if there is Dal Makhni and Naan on the table, or there is Mutton Rogan Josh or Tandoori Chicken leg piece? Slurp! So here are a few tips on how to have a fruitful discussion while you enjoy your tasty meal.

1. Research the place:
If you are booking, find a known place that is also easy to reach for everyone, if it stays busy and there is a lot of waiting to make a reservation. We Indians tend not to make reservations and “Wahin Decide Kar Lenge” that doesn’t look good if you are taking a client or senior from work. Choose an option that most people would like, and you can ask them in advance as well.

2. Avoid Bones!
I don’t mean to say you should go Veg for the day. You may still order non-vegetarian however try and stick to the boneless options. You won’t then need to dig in for the meat.



3. Practice the cutlery, but if you have no idea don’t even try!
If you are not used to eating with Fork and Knife, you won’t be able to learn in a day. From the start itself, don' try to figure it out. Hold the fork in your right hand and eat with it.

4. Eat with your right hand, only:
Practice eating with your right hand while keeping your left hand free either rested on the table or under it. In southern parts of India, the left hand is used to serve, and you never touch the serving spoon to your plate. It is both hygienic and courteous.



5. Eat less yourself, and don’t push the others as well:
Whatever great taste you may have encountered during the meal, eat less than becoming full. It will keep you light and avoid the gases, and it will keep you active to continue the discussions post the meal. If you need to work post the meal avoid rice and curd.
6. Call the waiter by “Excuse Me” and later by their name:
Remember the famous Lage Raho Munna Bhai scene where the protagonist asks a girl to judge a man she is meeting for an arranged marriage by the way he calls out the waiter. And what that guy does is “Chh, Chh”.

Usually, once you are seated your server will attend to you with the menu and water. Either read their name tag or ask for their name and from there on calling them by their name. If you need to call someone else also, say “Excuse Me”.

Would love to hear tips from you or stories where things got funny at the dining table. Please feel free to share them in the comments section below.

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