Indian vegetarian cuisine

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Indian vegetarian thali
North Indian style vegetarian thali.
South Indian style vegetarian thali.
Vegetarianism in ancient India

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[1]

India has the world's largest number of vegetarians.[2][3] Many communities in India have always been vegetarian.[4][5] 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.[6] There are many vegetarian cuisines across India.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Anand M. Saxena (2013). The Vegetarian Imperative. Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 201–202. ISBN 978-14214-02-420.
  2. ^ "Meat Consumption Per Person". Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Food never offended anyone – Correcting the discourse on Brahmin vegetarianism". My Voice on OpIndia. 2017-05-05. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  6. ^ Gandhi Marg By Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, Gandhi Peace Foundation (New Delhi, India) Gandhi Peace Foundation., 1980
  7. ^ Food culture in India by Colleen Taylor Sen Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004