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3 Etiquette Tips When Eating Indian Food December 13, 2017

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3 Etiquette Tips When Eating Indian Food, Manhattan, New York

Whether you’re visiting an Indian food restaurant or ordering takeout at home, trying exotic cuisine is an exciting experience. Those unfamiliar with classic dishes like curry and tikka masala may not be aware of the etiquette that accompanies the consumption of this fare. Below is a go-to guide concerning the proper way to eat Indian food. 

Table Manners When Eating Indian Food 

Using Utensils

Indian foodKnow when and when not to use cutlery. If you’re feasting on tiki masala at a restaurant, using a fork and knife is preferred. If you’re enjoying the dish at home, however, it’s okay to dine the traditional way, which is explained below. 

Eating With Your Fingers

Indian food is often eaten with the fingers, and it’s believed to taste better that way. Using your fingers has its own set of manners, however. Neatly use the tips to scoop up a bite, but don’t lick them or put them in your mouth. Whether you choose utensils or your fingers, only use your left hand—the right is considered unhygienic. 

Sharing Your Dish

While there’s a lot of food to go around, you’re welcome to serve yourself whenever you wish. Whatever you do, avoid offering food off your plate or eating from someone else’s. This could be considered rude, especially with a large selection available. You’re encouraged to eat until you’re full, so take your time and savor every last bite. 


Like any cultural cuisine, Indian food has unique etiquette rules. Follow them properly and you’ll fit right in on your next dining excursion. New York, NY’s Indigo Indian Bistro is the city’s top choice for Indian classics, from curry dishes to a tasty mango lassi. Visit the website to learn more, or call (212) 421-1919 to place your takeout order today.

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