Why Indian weddings have sweet dishes?????
Kuch meetha Ho Jaye!!!
Muh Meetha kijiye!!!!
Aapke muh mein ghee shakkar!!!
Shaadi Ka Laddoo …..!!!
For my Indian readers, such phrases are not unknown.
We as Indians are welcomed into this world with sweet honey and we exit to the heavenly abode with sweet and sacred tulsi. So in short, sweets (in any form) play a crucial role in our journey from cradle to the grave.
While I was still wondering about the importance of sweets in our lives my foodie mind shifted my focus to another question…….
WHY DO WEDDING CEREMONIES HAVE SWEET DISHES ON THE MENU??????????????
So after a lot of brainstorming (mind you!!!!!For foodies Sweet dish is a crucial topic) we have come up with certain reasons to have sweet dish on the royal Indian wedding menu.
But before that, it would be injustice for my non-Indian readers, if I do not share the names of some of the best Indian sweet dishes. To begin with we have kheer , gulab jamun , rasgulla, malpua, moong dal ka halwa , ladoo , barfi , paysam , kulfi , rabri, petha, peda, ghevar, jalebi and if I mention yet another name you might find yourself in some sweet shop or your kitchen to satiate your cravings.
So moving on to the agenda, here are few reasons as to why sweet dishes are mandatory in the Indian weddings …………
Firstly, in Indian system it is believed that before beginning anything auspicious one has to have something sweet. Even today when a child goes for an exam or interview sweet yogurt (dahi cheeni) is a must. And what more auspicious than the wedding day??? So you are bound to be served with a huge buffet exclusively for sweet dish.
Secondly, we all look for a scientific reason behind everything. Sweet dish too have certain health benefits. After all the acidic and oily binge eating at the weddings there is a serious need to digest the food. Studies show that to digest this heavy food ice cream comes to our rescue. Ice creams reduces heart burns and stimulates metabolism. Thus, you can’t afford to miss out your scoop of vanilla ice cream!!!!
Even our ancient Ayurveda system believes that moderate amount of sweet dish is extremely essential for our vaat, pitt and kaph (the tripod on which our body stands). In fact, it is also believed that one should have sweet dish before meal as it energizes our body and starts the digestion process. So, even the age old legacy has upheld the importance of sweet dishes.
BECAUSE WE ALL LOVE SRK…..HAPPY ENDINGSSSS!!
We all eventually are die hard Bollywood film lovers, we believe in what MR. SHARUKH KHAN says,” In the end everything falls into place, if it doesn’t, it’s not the end yet”. Thus, journey of our dinner at big fat Indian weddings usually ends with the sweetest note. We want our pallets to have the sweet reminiscence of the celebrations and for that what better way than a ‘jalebi dipped in rabri’.
HANDS DOWN IT’S THE YUMMIEST…….
Finally, no matter how much diet conscious or health conscious we become but we and our SWEET TOOTH is here to stay. Because we have the best dishes in the world. These dishes aren’t a one day wonder instead they are the legacy of our age old traditions. The subtle sweetness with tender crunchiness is what we can die for. I am sure you too would agree….