Whereas in the South, where they eat lots more rice, and enjoy very wet curries, it is permitted to use your whole hand.
Even when only 2 people are dining in a restaurant it is customary to order two different dishes and in keeping with Indian etiquette, share the dishes between you.
While sharing is an important part of Indian etiquette, it is poor and offensive etiquette to share a fork or spoon or to drink from someone’s glass.
Although very few people practice this part of Indian etiquette when dining in the 5 star Westernized hotels and restaurants - but try to remember, it is good etiquette to fit in with the culture wherever you may find yourself.
If dining with Indian people who do not use cutlery, at least try to eat in the traditional Indian way and fit in with Indian etiquette.
This also applies to taking a bite of someone else’s sandwich, ice cream or chocolate too. It is not difficult to eat with your fingers, but there are a few rules of Indian etiquette that have to be observed: 1. Remember you are eating with your hands and your right hand will be messy, therefore you will leave the serving spoon all sticky and messy too. Ask for whatever you want instead of reaching out directly or pointing at dishes. Don’t make too much noise; don’t talk with food in your mouth. Wait until everyone else is sitting down before starting to eat. Help clear the dishes, unless it is not acceptable in that particular custom. Don’t talk on your cell phone during the meal and if you must get up in-between, ask to be excused.