Eating with hands

Like all Indians, my grandfather ate with his right hand, using his fingers to mash the rice with the rasam into an oatmeal-like mixture. Then he mixed the vegetable curry with the rasam rice before popping the whole thing into his mouth.

As I got older, I began to appreciate eating with my hands, which allowed me to savor the warm food through pliant fingers rather than a cold, hard fork or spoon. In fact, Indians believe that hands add flavor to food. When an Indian wants to compliment a person’s culinary skills, he doesn’t simply say “She is a good cook.” He says that “she has good scent in her hands.” Just as a green thumb raises healthy plants, scented hands cook tasty meals.

— Shoba Narayan. Monsoon Diary: A Memoir with Recipes.

While in India, my family and I also eat with our hands.

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