In the urban areas, people eat pancakes from flour or millet for breakfast, rice or millet served with milk and ghee for lunch, and a snack of milk or bean dish for supper. When herding animals away from home, nomads often do not eat lunch. Vegetables are not common, but seasonal fruits including mangoes, papaya, and bananas, are plentiful. Fish is a staple in coastal regions.
In rural cafes, women may eat in a different area with the children. Men are traditionally served first, while women and children eat after the men have finished. One washes their hands in a bowl of water before and after eating.