Did You Know The Reasons Behind These Indian Food Traditions?

Traditions have taken birth since the time the country has taken birth, you can say. These famous food traditions have been playing a vital part in our lives from childhood.

Sometimes we blindly carry out many but know very less about the reasons why these traditions are being followed. For the right reasons, it is better to understand and then follow only on choice. Let us explore these traditions and the logic behind them.

1) The glass of milk on the ‘suhag raat’ (wedding night):

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Milk is served at the wedding night to bring relief and reduce the stress. The reason is related to health because when milk served it boosts immunity, sharpens the memory and strengthens the reproductive organs. At night, it easily accepted and digested by the body.

2) Eating on the floor:

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When you sit on the floor your spine is erect, which results in improved metabolism and blood circulation. This physical activity is practised even today in rural regions of India.

3) One plate for all:

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This tradition is introduced by the ‘Bohri Muslim Community’. The meal is started with sweet which is considered to be very blissful and each and every member of the family sits together and eats. No food is leftover. Then the dish is followed by a meat appetizer in the end. Food served on a big platter is called ‘Thal’ which is a symbol of ‘Unity’.

4) Using only hands:

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According to the Vedas, the use of only hands while eating increases the blood circulation. When you eat with your fingers the nerve endings on the fingertips send a signal to the stomach and then we get a much better taste, aroma, and texture of the food. This also makes the digestion of the food easy. In the Middle Eastern part of the world, India and Africa, it is still practised.

5) Food served on banana leaves:

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Before the food is served on the banana leaves, water is sprinkled to clean them and also involves an act of purification. This culture began in Kerala and then it started in the whole South India. The healthy reason is that these leaves have a lot of polyphenols which is an antioxidant that helps in reducing the chances of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative diseases. At the time of eating when the warm food is placed on the banana leaves, the process releases so many nutrients that the food digestion process is very easy.

6) The perfect Indian thali:

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These thali’s have protein, vitamins, carbohydrate, and fats. Basically, this is called as the ‘balanced diet of India’. In Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Kerala, Gujarat, Kashmir and the northern parts of India, many people eat this at home both the times, but majorly at the time of lunch. The taste, flavours and ingredients are designed and developed keeping the climatic conditions in mind which is helpful for the body a lot.

7) Jal Pan:

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Jal Pan or Jol Pan is considered to be the most important kick-start of the day. The breakfast which has paratha, milk, chirwa, luchi, curd, puri and ghughni. It is practised in Bihar, Assam and Bengal. Eating this for the breakfast every day will keep your body very healthy as it has everything which your body needs on daily basis.

Now you know why certain things are done. Share the article with your friends!

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Samyak Sheth
Samyak Sheth

A traveller and journalist who views the world wearing multi-coloured goggles. He believes that life is to live not to survive.

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