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11 top delicacies for Jivitputrika or jitiya

Jivitputrika or jitiya Jivitputrika or jitiya is a festival celebrated for the well being and prosperity of the children. Mothers fast and pray for the long life of their kids. This is mainly celebrated in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand & Uttar Pradesh. When and how to celebrate Jivitputrika/ jitiya This is a 3 days festival and starts from seventh lunar day of Krishna-Paksha in Ashvin month to ninth lunar day. As per english calendar, this festival is celebrated in September. These three days are celebrated as 1.Nahai – Khai (Satwmi) 2.Khur Jitiya or Jivitputrika day (Asthami) 3.Paaran (Naomi)
Nahai khai – This is the preparatory day and as per the rituals – Mothers take bath in the morning and take food. The food generally consists of – Pua, Kheer, Sevai Khur Jitiya or Jivitputrika day The actual festival day. Mothers observe whole day fast. They do not take water, for almost 24 hours or more. It is also customary to have Sargi, something …

Indian cuisine vs foreign cuisines

Indian cuisine vs foreign cuisines

Indian cuisine vs western cuisines

Comparisons with the foreign cuisines

Shakesh Singh

Indian cuisine puts more emphasis on the cooking of the food than on the decoration of it.
While foreign food looks delicious to the eye, it pales in comparison to Indian food when it comes to the eye. And, the spices make all the difference. In India, where food is still cooked by the heart rather than the head, the spices rule the roost, and may we add, the dishes too.
The best thing about a true blue Indian course is that it comprises not of a stand-alone dish, but rather a sea of dishes, right from starters to rice or bread, dry vegetables and curries, yoghurt, salad, pickles etc.

Unlike the west, traditional Indian cooking was centred around the preparation of products that were available in that particular season. Whereas in the west huge layers of ice proved to be natural refrigerators, the Indian climate provided no such facilities, except in a few states like say Kashmir, Himachal or the North East.

Despite the tropical/ hot climatic conditions there is no such thing as either a salad meal or a cold meal in the Indian food culture. The main course always has to be steaming and piping hot. Sandwiches are for teatime or as a snack, never as a meal for a grown-up or even a kid above say 8-9.

 Indian foods are very regional in nature –Almost every state and union territory has its own distinct flavour. There is a marked distinction in the preparation, even though the basic ingredients in some cases might remain the same. For example take fish, cooked in Konkani style it might taste completely different from the fish cooked in Bengali style.

Etiquette of Indian dining
Eating and widely drinking are as deeply intertwined with the Indian culture, as are religion and philisophy.Again each region might follow a distinct style of serving food. Proper table manners vary from culture to culture, although there are always a few basic rules that are important to follow everywhere.
From the kadhai, to the pateela to the tawa, to the handi,karchi, there is a mindboggling range of utensils in which you can prepare Indian food. However, traditionally Indians prefer to eat with their hands rather than use cutlery. An average Indian’s staple diet of roti-sabzi or rice and curry can be best enjoyed with hands.Moreover, condiments like achar,papad,chutney, well there’s no point using spoons and forks for them. A dish is considered really good, only when the eater starts licking his fingers, as they say,”ungliyan chat-te reh jaoge”.
Unlike the west,Indians are used to eating with hands, because water as a resource was always more easily accessible than in foreign countries,to clean the hands after eating.Foreigners are still wary of the practice of eating with one’s hands, as they consider it an unhygienic practice.However,its not that difficult to maintain hygienic habits,is it?
Moreover, our eating habits have been laid down in such a way as to maintain hygienic conditions, like when eating curry, one should not stain one’s finger, rather care must be taken only to use the finger-tips.

However, now spoons are frequently used to have pulses, dahi,raita or kheer etc, or any food product that has more of liquid content.However food practices differ from region to region.
However, in case one is providing food as part of charity or langar, as is done in many cases, then its considered unhygienic to touch the food with one’s hands, and spoons are used to distribute food.
Indians have comfortably done with or without the use of cutlery so far, and in most Indian homes, its still considered quite a westernised concept.

Right hand
The most important and basic rule of dining in India is to always use the right hand when eating or receiving food, and never the left. The use of left hand is considered very very unhygienic in Indian homes.But you are not supposed to use your right hand, incase you need a second helping, because the right hand has now become jutha.

Indian non veg delicacies revolves around the dishes prepared from Mutton, Chicken, fishes,eggs and sea foods. Beef is considered a taboo food in most Hindu homes in India, that means a majority of the homes. Since in ancient times, the natives were heavily dependent on agriculture and livestock, and a cow would provide the most important nutrient milk, it was considred a sin to kill cows. Muslims consider the pig unclean and do not eat pork, which is not generally used in Hindu cooking. Therefore, restaurants in more conservative Indian states, do not include beef or pork dishes in their menu On the other hand, beef is commonly available in the North-Eastern states and Kerala and in Goa, while pork is consumed in Goa, Karnataka and Kerala.

The Unsaid Rules
In most Indian homes, be it any part of the country, the elders are always given the honour of starting to eat first, then children, and then the adults.Everyone is supposed to wash their hands and face before starting to eat. Moreover, it is considered direspectful to the host if you are seen leaving uneaten food on your plate.So, in India, its an unspoken rule to take only as much food on your plate as you can eat comfortabily.
After the main course and the desserts have been served, most North Indian hosts wind it up by offering saunf(fennel ), and elaichi(cardamom), to take the bad breath away. And unlike the west, there is the concept of rinsing your teeth after eating just about anything.There is also a specific term used for it, called kulla.
It is the hot chilli food, traditionally talked about as that which would bring sweet and tears when eating it, or this spicy food with an eastern promise, which is catching on the imagination of more and more people.


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