Hindu Dietary Laws

Sakshi Das, B Block

Overview of Hindu Dietary Laws

Hinduism strongly encourages Vegetarianism amongst its followers since Hindus believe that God created the animals and it is their duty to respect all of God's creations. The Hindu dietary code divides food into three categories : Tamasic, Rajasic and Satvik. Although a devout Hindu would be completely Vegetarian, in today's world many hindus tend to eat all kinds of meat except beef - The Cow is regarded as a holy animal and is meant for worship.

A typical dinner menu would include dishes such as:


Daahl ( lentils)

Aloo Gobhi ( A dish made with potatoes and cauliflower)

Paneer ( Cottage cheese)

Kheer ( a type of dessert )


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Pictures : hindu brahmin eating food


Donating food to a dog


Vegetarian food plate