In India, we eat rice using our fingers. Generally in the West, a fork or spoon is used. I have tried eating rice with spoon but I don't feel satisfied with it.
We eat dry rice but we mix curry and vegetables with it and then eat it with our hands.
Is there a way to eat rice with your hands in front of Westerners such that it doesn't appear to be disgusting to them? By disgusting I mean that they shouldn't feel like vomiting or looking away to avoid me. Even though in India we eat with our fingers, many people eat such that their whole palm is covered with food. That indeed looks disgusting.
I cannot avoid hurting them by following different etiquette, but I certainly want to maintain a degree of cleanliness.