Dietary Laws of Hinduism

Sarah King B1, B3


In Hinduism you are what you eat. Because all living things are regarded as part of God, they are respected, causing many Hindus to become vegetarian. Although not all are vegetarians, many Hindus refuse to eat beef, as the cow is sacred animal in Hinduism; a cow sustains its owner by providing warmth through its dung and life through its milk. In addition, Hindus try to eat fruits, nuts and vegetables often because they are Sattvic foods (pure and nourishing). Before eating a meal, a devout Hindu will find a clean place to eat, sprinkle water around the food to purify it and offer some of it to God.


Works Cited

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V, Jayaram. "Hinduism and Food." Hinduism, Food and Fasting. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Dec. 2014.

Dinner Menu

Drink: Mango Lassi

Appetizer: Garlic Nan, Veggie Samosas

Main Course: Saag Paneer with Basmati Rice, Aloo Gobi, Bhindi Masala

Dessert: Gulab Jamun