Indian Food / Cuisine

The general aspect, you ask? Indians be keen on their food. It plays an important part in the country’s culture with festivals all having their own special dishes and certain foods being auspicious or even taboo on certain occasions. Food is a big deal! Even everyday meals are mostly sit-down affairs and include of two to three main course dishes, side dishes like papad, chutneys and pickles, staples like roti (bread) and rice, all rounded off with something to satisfy the sweet tooth! Cooking for and Sharing a food with a guest is the ultimate symbole of hospitality. While most people think Indians are mostly vegetarian, Indian cuisine comprises of an amazing array of chicken, fish and meat dishes.

Despite other cuisines, treditional Indian foods too is all about discovering what suites to you. Never hesitate to try with Indian speices and your own blend.Guidelines calls for four red chillies and you think you can grip more? dont hesitate go for it! And Enjoy!!

The Indian food is considerd not complete without eating some sweet in the end of food. Either you can have a bowl full of kheer, sweets or a little mitha paan to put in freshness and sweetness to your mouth.

Paan

The paan culture unites India in a strong bond as it has made its presence felt in the erotic literature of ancient India and continues to be part of religious ceremonies. Almost in each part of the India people used to eat pann, while you are walking on street dont surprised if you can see a person with red mouth it means he is eating paan. As an addiction, it has few peers. Betel leaf or paan comes in three forms. The most famous one is Banarasi paan (From Varanasi), if you visiting Varanasi you you try a sweet paan.

It has a great symbolic value at ceremonies and cultural events in India

In India many people are habituate to eat paan daily it may be after some food or without. PAAN is a traditional mouth fresher which was used by kings and queens, Nawabs in ancient time; generally. In marriages a man in traditional dress sitting and serving paan to the guiests are very common.

Maghai Paan, Banarasi Paan, Kolkata Paan.....

Hospitality & Namaste

Hospitality

The aroma of hot vegetables, warm lentils, curry, and rice greets guests as they enter the foyer of a traditional Indian home. Warmth encompasses all of the family members and the guest. Simple gestures such as the, "Namaste," or the folding of hands by members of the hosting family, illustrate both ritual and respect. Such compliments and hospitality go beyond even the traditional American belief that, "Home is where the heart is" Because the home is a sign of an Indian family's life and self-importance, people takes step to make visitors feel protected and comfortable as much possible. Indian hospitality is a signal of the family, their home, their culture, and their country. ‘Atithi Devo Bhavo”

Namaste

A non-contact Namaste or Namaskar makes more contact and has more positive sensations than a handshake which is through physical contact and transmits negative vibes also.

The moment you footstep into India, in all likelihood, the first word you will get to hear will be Namaste! Namaste, also said as Namaskar by the public, is a customary Indian style of greeting or parting phrase as well as a gesture. Imitative from the Sanskrit language, the literal definition/meaning of the word Namaste is "I bow to you". If we break up into two Sanskrit words - Namaste (meaning - to bow) and Te (meaning - to you). Thus, its real connotation is 'I bow to you out of respect'.

The symbol of the two palms joint with each other is of great significance. As a theory associates the Namaste welcoming with a exacting posture in yoga. However, Namaste being a respectful gesticulation of respect and love can be said to anybody. But by tradition, it's a Hindu gesture and people of this society welcome each other this way only.