Indian vegetarian cuisine

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India has the world's largest number of vegetarians.[1][2] Many communities in India have always been vegetarian.[3][4] Many Indians who do not regularly follow a vegetarian diet may adopt one during religious festivals.

Also, many Indian vegetarians eschew eggs as well as meat.[5] However, veganism is generally not well known in India.[citation needed] Each of India's 29 states provides different, yet popular vegetarian cuisines.

There are many vegetarian cuisines across India.[6] Some of them are:

The Indian vegetarian cuisine is very diverse and elaborated. Every Indian states has unique vegetarian dishes to offer.[citation needed] Most of the Indian sweet dishes are prepared without egg and basically from milk products and are therefore all lacto-vegetarian in nature.

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  1. ^ "Meat Consumption Per Person". Retrieved 23 January 2018. 
  2. ^ Edelstein, Sari (2013). Food Science, An Ecological Approach. Jones & Bartlett Publishers. pp. Page 281. ISBN 978-1-4496-0344-1. ...India has more vegetarians than everywhere else in the world combined. 
  3. ^ Simoons, Frederick (1994). Eat not this flesh: food avoidances from prehistory to the present. Univ of Wisconsin Press. p. 6. ISBN 978-0-299-14254-4. 
  4. ^ "Food never offended anyone – Correcting the discourse on Brahmin vegetarianism". My Voice on OpIndia. 2017-05-05. Retrieved 2017-05-05. 
  5. ^ Gandhi Marg By Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, Gandhi Peace Foundation (New Delhi, India) Gandhi Peace Foundation., 1980
  6. ^ Food culture in India by Colleen Taylor Sen Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004
  7. ^ Punjabi Vegetarian Cooking, Star Rasoi, Press Tech Litho Pvt. Ltd.