The past four weeks in Nepal has brought a variety of smells, colors, flavors and to the senses. Not only is the food in Nepal flavorful, it is litterally "finger lickin' good"! I say this because here in Nepal you eat with your "hand"(always the right). It is customary in this part of the world to do so for various reasons.
On my trip down to Janakpur I joined my driver and his brother to a plate full of rice, dal, chutney, sag, and masala stewed chicken. Glancing out of the corner of my eye, I watched as a handful of rice and dal, was being scooped into their mouths. Disregarding the dangers of bacteria and sanitation, I put my spoon down and went for it. Immediately their faces changed, smiling at me and then turning to each other and bobbing their heads. I think I "made the team" so to speak. Soon after, a young boy, not more than 13, brought over a bucket of rice, spooning out another family sized helping on to my plate. His younger brother followed, carrying more dal, chutney, and sag. He drenched my rice with dal, and I again mixed and mashed the dal with my hand(always the right). All restaurants have sinks and soap in the dining area where you can wash your hands before and after the meal. Knowing that you will eat with your hands, guarantees your own cleanliness before and after the meal.