Dietary Customs of Hinduism

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Dietary Laws

People who practice Hinduism believe that God’s creations are worthy of compassion and care whether they are animals or humans. So many hindus refrain from eating any meat and they are vegetarian. Also strict practitioners stay away from onion and garlic as well.There are also many Hindus who eat meat but they don’t eat beef or pork. Milk, curd, and ghee which all come from cows are used in puja(a form of worship). During festivals including Holi, Ramnavamni, Dusshera, Pongal, Janmashtami, and Diwali many people prepare food using ghee and they avoid eating beef. Almost all people observe these dietary laws as a form of worshiping God. Also eating animals for food is also regarded as bad karma with negative consequences so most Hindus refrain from eating beef.
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"Indian Food." Free Stock Photo. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2014.

A picture showing the variety if Indian dishes in clouding Palak Paneer, Butter Chicken Masala, Daal, and Bhasmati rice.

Dinner Menu


-samosas: potatoes stuffed in dough

-pakoras: onion or paneer fritters


-masala chai: warm masala tea

-mango lassi: cool mango curd drink



-Bhasmati jeera rice


-Daal Makhani

-Tamarind Rice

-Shrimp Curry

-Kadai Paneer

-Mutton Curry

-Hilsa Fish Curry-a delicious Bengali Indian spicy fish dish



-Sandesh: a delicious Bengali Indian sweet

-Gulab Jamun: cheese balls in syrup

-Payesh: delicious Bengali Indian rice pudding


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"Indian Food." Free Stock Photo. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2014.