How to Set an Indian Table

Save

There are a number of ways to set an Indian table, whether you are hosting a formal or casual dinner. In general, an Indian table will include a variety of different dishes including dahl, vegetable curries (torkari), bread (naan), basmati rice and perhaps a plate of fish or lamb if guests are not vegetarian. As you set the table, keep in mind that your guests will likely want to try a little of each dish and may have different preferences for the spice level of their food.

Things You'll Need

  • Plates
  • Small bowls
  • Spoons
  • Napkins
  • Water glasses
  • Table mats
  • Serving dishes
  • Serving spoons
  • Serving plates
  • Condiments
  • Wipe the table clean of any crumbs and grime.

  • Set a plate at each seat and a small bowl to the right. The bowl typically holds dahl, a lentil dish many Indians prefer to eat before the rest of their meal.

  • Lay a spoon on top of a napkin beside each plate. In India, it's acceptable and common to eat with your fingers instead of utensils. Guests may or may not want to eat with their fingers, so providing a spoon gives them both options.

  • Fill a glass with room-temperature water for each place setting. It is uncommon for Indians to serve water with ice unless otherwise requested.

  • Lay out a table mat for each of your serving dishes.

  • Transfer your food into serving bowls. Assess the amount of space you have available on the table and try to use the smallest size serving dishes possible. If you don't have enough room for every dish, serve a scoop of rice on each plate and the dahl in the small bowls as your guests sit down and leave the remaining dahl and rice in the kitchen. Add a serving spoon in each dish to prevent cross contamination.

  • Arrange bread (naan) on a plate. Cover with a cloth or lid to keep the bread warm.

  • Offer a small plate of lankas (chilies) for guests to pass around the table. Chutney, tamarind and achar (pickled vegetable) are common Indian condiments as well.

  • Add a bowl of plain yogurt or raita, yogurt with small pieces of cucumber and a sprinkle of salt, for guests to share. Yogurt cuts spice in hot dishes for people who have a low tolerance.

Tips & Warnings

  • Steel bowls, plates and serving dishes are commonly used for special occasions or for hosting dinner guests. Ceramic or glass is acceptable as well.

References

  • Photo Credit Valueline/Valueline/Getty Images
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

Resources

You May Also Like

  • How to Set Up a Table French Style

    When you're eating French food, indulge in a complete immersion in French-style dining, with a formal table setting and service.

  • How to Set a Table for Fine Dining

    Before you set the table for fine dining, you must first consider the table itself. True fine dining necessitates a large table...

  • How to Set a Spanish Table

    Hosting a Spanish-themed party provides an exciting atmosphere that is colorful, festive and vibrant. Spanish-themed parties typically display bright and earthy colors,...

  • How to Set a European Table

    Whether your home's decor calls for an European-style table setting or you are serving European cuisine to your guests, knowing how to...

  • How to Set the Table

    Setting the table exactly the same way at each place setting offers a cohesive look. Follow these basics to arrange the table...

  • Tips for Setting the Table for a Meal

    Learn how to set the table for a meal in this free instructional video.

Related Searches

Check It Out

How to Throw a Halloween Dinner Party

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!