Dietary Laws/Customs of Hinduism

By Adam Qian -B Block


As a religion, Hinduism contains many dietary customs and laws that make it unique. Based on the idea that all God's living creatures deserve love and respect, vegetarianism is strongly encouraged and is followed by the most devout believers who do not eat meat or flesh. For people who do not adhere to the rules as strictly, they still follow the religions dietary laws to a certain extent such as refraining from eating pork or beef. The Cow is the sacred animal in Hinduism and is almost all Hindu's avoid eating it. Hindus also practice the act of fasting and feasting. They believe that fasting is common and is a form of sacrifice. It is believed to help purify and clean the mind, body, and soul.

Special Rituals or Procedures Used to Prepare Food

In Hinduism, it is believed that eating pure food is extremely important. According to the Vedic Scriptures, all food is considered as a sacrifice to God before being eaten. As a result, it is not unusual for Hindu's to place their food before their dieties and offering a prayer before eating. In addition, they will sprinkle water around the plate of the food as a way of purification.

Three Catagories of Food

Dinner Menu


White Rice

Cauli flower and potato curry

Fried Papadam


Coriander and Tamirand chutney

Wholemeal bread

Vegetable Pulao

Stuffed Okra


Sevaya Kheer

Shahi Tukra

Gajar Ka Halwa


Mango Lassi



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