Indian vegetarian cuisine
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India is a strange country. People do not kill
any living creatures, do not keep pigs and fowl,
and do not sell live cattle.
—Faxian, 4th/5th century CE
Chinese pilgrim to India
India has the world's largest number of vegetarians. Many communities in India have always been vegetarian. Many Indians who do not regularly follow a vegetarian diet may adopt one during religious festivals.
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...India has more vegetarians than everywhere else in the world combined.
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