Equities enveloped in traditions, we here in India cherish the delicacies. The heritage has always been about dining and its rituals. The Indian cuisine is as old as our civilization. With every invasion, every conqueror, every religious belief and every social, political change, a building of tradition is added with an element and the same is in dining too. The lavishness of it is the apt description of the various cultures and their influences that they leave behind. The Chinese came an introduced us with tea, the Mughals made the Indian taste bud familiar with spices, desi ghee and rose water essence. For them food was an art and now this art has passed onto generations to become a heritage. The British influenced Indian dining tables to be conservative, planned and crisp. This is where the table manners come from.
THE RICH PLATTERS
Diversity and richness has always overpowered the tables of an Indian dining. We need the world on our single platter, and it does happen. Everything else follows. All the other accessories and decor products are according to what we like on our platters and how we like it. In parts of India, spices have become an essential on the table. It is always there, no matters what meal you are having with it.
Dining in India has a lot to about various bowls, various plates and various fragrances. Lights are an add-on to create an ambiance. Though, here a major part on which an Indian mind would stick at is the variety available on the table and not the quantity of one. Nature has its own place when a part of Indian map has a tradition to eat on banana leaves. They are the most sustainable ones.
The side foods on the table like chutney, pickles and their assortment requires another variation and size of cutlery. Eating is an elaborate ritual for Indians and therefore, elaborate are the décor ideas for it.
India, being a country ruled by region and religion, differs in the dining context from lavish table settings to the very raw form of arrangements. Chai in a kulhad sets a perfect context I want to relate with here. A very large population of India since the historical times follows this raw lifestyle of dining. They use clay crockery and utensils. The high that this form has cannot be described in words. One has to experience it to understand how it feels to eat with your hands from a clay bowl.
These stories of dining are curated by Peeli Dori and presented on your table in the form of handcrafted products. The raw details of each can only be experienced and not explained.