Luxurious in every other way including dress and customs, a traditional Indian wedding doesn’t hold back on the food either. Eating is an elaborate ritual in itself; meal times being an important part of home life as they bring the family together. A wedding provides the perfect occasion to respect this custom as families and friends are brought together in the meaning of love.
In many regions of India, decadent foods which feature lots of meat, creamy rich sauces, and buttery breads are always on the menu. However, some regions have purely vegetarian options to cater for every guest in attendance. But apart from in the Indian feast, food features in other ways throughout a traditional Indian wedding.
In early Indian weddings, a paste made out of turmeric powder and curd was massaged over the body for a month before the wedding to ward away evil spirits. However, this isn’t practiced so much today to accommodate for people’s busy lifestyles.
The mindhor is a small nut-like fruit which is tied to the wrists of both the bride and groom throughout all the wedding ceremonies, and will only be taken off when the rituals have finished. Again, the mindhor is worn to keep away evil spirits and is known to give strength to the couple.
Coconut is used as an ingredient in a lot of Indian dishes and desserts, but is also used during the wedding ceremony as a symbol of prosperity. A coconut is held in the hands of the Hindu bride to welcome the groom’s family, and with the bride’s father’s hands on hers, the coconut is passed to the groom. The passing of the coconut is a divine offering used to bless the marriage.
Milk and Honey
When the couple first meet on their wedding day, they partake in the exchanging of the garlands to represent the acceptance of each other. The bride gives her garland to say that she has chosen her husband-to-be out of free will, and the groom gives his as a promise to love and take care of her. The bride’s family will then wash the groom’s feet in milk and honey as a sign of respect.
Food is widely respected in the Indian culture, in both cuisine and in religious ceremonies. At Ronaq Restaurant, we pride ourselves on our traditional recipes, using only the finest ingredients for our dishes. Whether you’re eating out to celebrate a special occasion or fancy something different, Ronaq is one of the best Indian restaurants in Edinburgh, so if you would like to make a booking, feel free to contact us at 0131 332 3362. Otherwise you can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.