Liam O'Brien, B Block

Overview of Dietary Customs and Restrictions

The Sikhism diet is made to support an active and alert lifestyle, requiring its participants to refrain from consuming alcohol or drugs. Aside from these two condemned substances, Sikhs also denounce the consumption of halal or kosher meat due to their opposition of ritual killing, refusing to dine in restaurants that are exclusively halal or kosher as well. While the consumption of most meats are permitted, a large number of Sikhs opt to become vegetarians due to the influences of the “sub-continent social environment,” refusing pork and beef and adopting the practices of a vegetarian. In Sikh places of worship, called Gurdawa’s, all the food served is vegetarian due to the preferences of many Sikhs. Many Sikhs also follow Sarbloh Bibek, which limits them to consuming food off of iron plates and bowls only, restricting them to cooking in iron cauldrons using solely iron utensils as well.

Sikh Dinner Menu

Chicken Bharta - A dish consisting of shredded chicken slices in a spicy gravy.

Sabji - A vegetable dish consisting of potatoes, tomatoes, cauliflower, carrots, spinach, cabbage, okra, and beans.

Ghee Paratha - A shallow fried dough.

Paneer - Perfect vegetarian meal. Consists of tofu cooked in a spicy gravy, normally with parathas.

Dum Aloo - Consists of prepared potatoes, tomatoes, and other spices cooked with specific spices.

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