My Experience Of A Big Fat Indian Wedding
What surprised me?? People eat everything and very often (every hour). There is no restriction when it comes to eating food. The amount of money that is spent during the entire wedding celebrations is phenomenal. Motto – Not a single guest must be disappointed. Being the Groom’s friend, I could demand anything to be prepared else can create issues for the Bride’s family. So, someone from the Bride’s side always remains by our side to constantly check if we need something or the other.
Cuisine in Rajasthan is as rich, colourful and diverse as its people and traditions. You will have your taste buds tickled with a flavourful spread of gastronomic delights. Rajasthan is known for its spicy curries and ingredients including lentils, pulses, legumes, milk products and even milk produce delicious dishes.
During the times of war, Rajput warriors were away from home for a copious amount of time and during this period only nutritious food that could last for several days were carried. And today’s diverse Rajasthani cuisine revolves around the same concept. The favoured spices are fenugreek seeds, kasoori methi, and aniseed. Gram flour is an integral cooking ingredient and is used to make delicacies and so are powdered lentils. In Rajasthan, millet bread and hot garlic paste combined with spring onions is the staple food of the locals as these are believed to safeguard them against the hot winds. Food is traditionally served in katoris or thalis.
Lack of adequate water and fresh green vegetables is the main reason behind the typical storage system of Rajasthani food. Though Rajasthani cuisine are simple but these cuisines need much spices as well as oil to cook.
Firstly, the menu is given prime importance when it comes to a wedding. Then comes the taste of your food, presentation of the food and finally the service. Catering compiles of everything. You just cannot have good and tasty food. It has to look very good and appetizing. People today have become extremely picky and choosy about ingredients and taste. Since tastes and preferences change with every customers, caterers customise menus for each wedding. Quality control and food standards are taken care very carefully. Caterers taste everything that is cooked before serving. Sometimes, the family members are called while the food is being cooked to ensure every one is happy.
Despite the changing tastes and preferences of people today, caterers are predominantly asked to cook authentic and traditional Rajasthani food. Most caterers go to the market themselves and procure organise and fresh produce to ensure the quality of food remains topnotch. Some catering owners work really hard for each wedding and hardly sleep for four hours. Each wedding could last up to 5 days depending on the number of traditions. People spend colossal amount of money on weddings and food being one of the most vital things. Rajasthan is known as the “Venice of the East” and has become a favourite destination for foreigners. Wedding planners are also paid a fat fee for organising the weddings that include services like hospitality, entertainment, bridal wear, catering and booking venues et cetera. At weddings, when a guest arrives, he/she is served food in a proper manner. Self service concept is considered rude and thus it does not form part of the etiquettes of Rajasthanis.
Village Women Making Traditional Dali Bati over a mud stove
The food industry, which is currently valued at US$ 39.71 billion is expected to grow at a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 11 per cent to US$ 65.4 billion by 2018. Food and grocery account for around 31 per cent of India’s consumption basket.