For desis, eating with their hands is the coming together of some of their most acute sensory experiences of smell, taste and touch and as such it is one of the greatest joys of human beings to eat with their hands. And when it comes to rice, Indians in the states where it is a staple usually prefer to eat it with their hands. The pleasure of mixing so many flavours together and then taking to near your mouth and nose to smell and finally taste the morsels, the food feels and tastes better in itself!
But recently, a former butler with the British Royals kicked up a storm on Twitter after he stated otherwise. As much as he is an expert in cooking, eating and more, netizens explained to him their reasons as to why eating rice with hands is way better.
‘The Royal Butler’, who is a popular etiquette expert on Twitter posted an image of an almost finished plate of rice and tweeted how the dish is best eaten with a knife, fork or chopsticks.
He tweeted, “Ladies and gentlemen, remember we always use a knife and fork or chopsticks to eat rice! We do not use our hands or fingers!!!”
Ladies and gentlemen, remember we always use a knife and fork or chopsticks to eat rice! We do not use our hands or fingers !!! pic.twitter.com/xCJEKXg26K
— The Royal Butler (@TheRoyalButler) March 6, 2021
Netizens spoke of the various reasons as to why eating with hands is better when it comes to a rice meal.
I use my hand – I’m right handed . Happy with that it’s my ancestral practice it’s pretty wonderful you should try it – especially rice you can really mix it with the tips of your fingers what’s in your plate form a bite size piece and place into your mouth . Delicious .
— Shobna Gulati (@ShobnaGulati) March 8, 2021
Ladies and gentlemen , remember we eat as per our tradition & our satisfaction , we follow some basic Etiquettes in public to not offend those who eat with fork & knife. But at home & in our country we eat with our fingers. ♀️ that’s the tweet.
— What’s in the name♀️ (@adatewithcocoa) March 6, 2021
Duh that's the most foolish thing- texturally some rice is eaten best with the hand. Eating with a fork and spoon is like wooing your paramour with an interpreter.
— Prasannasimha (@Prasannasimha) March 6, 2021
Ladies and gentlemen, remember, use your fingers to pick up rice and daal to eat it, it tastes way better.
— yash (@yadsul) March 7, 2021
— Rhys William (@si_rhys) March 8, 2021
Eat with finger/hand is way much delicious, specially rice with scrambled egg with sambal
— Dewi_Luki (@d_LoNeLiNess) March 7, 2021
The expert’s Twitter bio states that he is a Royal Commentator/Aide and a former butler to Princes Charles, William and Harry.