Traditions aren’t a burden instead it’s the bond that holds the family and society together.
India has witnessed a lot of political and social phases, from Indus valley civilization to Indian in dependent, from age old customs to globalization… Indian culture has transformed and evolved in all these years. And behind almost every tradition are centuries of invasions, conquests, religious beliefs and political changes. The reflection of these customs is clearly seen in the household cooking and Indian catering services. But what holds Indians together is the culture and traditions. Let’s give you an overview of India’s rich multinational and diverse food heritage which makes Indian food system all the more unique:
FIRST MEAL FOR ANIMALS
It is believed that God resides in every being even in animals. According to the Hindu beliefs God is in every animal so out of the entire plate some part of the meal is kept aside for animals such as cow, dog and crow. Even before an event or ceremonies food caterers keep some meal for animals.
Thali is a wholesome meal with pickle, salad, rice, wheat bread and vegetable curries. It is a balanced diet which is not only mouthwatering but nutritious as well. The beautiful Thali has an assortment of various delicacies which is certainly a delight to the eyes and tongue.
SERVING FOOD ON BANANA LEAF
It is a common custom to serve hot food on banana leaf as it is considered nutritious and adds aroma to the meal. Banana leaves contain large amounts of antioxidant polyphenols. This is a common tradition in south India especially Kerala. Now a day’s many Indian caterers provide food on banana leaves.
SITTING ON THE FLOOR WHILE EATING
Now a day’s dining table is the place meant for enjoying the meal. But earlier times used floor as the dining area. Since ages sitting on the floor and eating has been recommended as the repeated bending of the spine is known to improve blood circulation and beneficial for the body.
EATING WITH YOUR HAND
There is a deep connection between eating and Ayurveda. It is believed that every finger is an extension of the five elements. Through the thumb comes space, with the forefinger comes air, the middle finger is fire, the ring finer is water and the little finger represents earth. Eating with hands leads to secretion of digestive juices thus stimulating digestion.
The food offered to deities at various Indian religious places such as Gurudwara or temples is later distributed to the masses in the form of langar. It is a sort of meal where each person rich or poor sits together and eats together. The food distributed is a source of meal for various homeless poor chaps.
In this era, though most of the traditions can’t be followed due to the fast pacing lifestyle but still few things are preferred and followed as it is believed that food culture actually influences the way of life.
Though the world has modernized and globalized but a nation can survive if and only if it continues to sail in ship of its beliefs and traditions but with logical reasoning.