Vegetarianism in India

India is the largest republican that houses the most vegetarians than any other country in the world. It is a cosmopolitan country owing to many invasions that it faced and because there are many religious sects. Besides the smaller sects and tribes, there are registered more than 2000 languages in the country.

Broader communities such as those of Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Sikhs, and Christians are the few that include many more sects. Vegetarians make the majority of Indians. Amongst all the vegetarians, the Jains are especially strict about their food intake. They avoid intake of foodstuff that involves hurting animals and insects in any manner. Thus, also root part of the plants like onions, garlic, radish, etc. are excluded from their diet.

But no vegetarians are as strict as the Vegans. Vegans do not necessarily belong to any sect. Not only do they not eat non-vegetarian, but also keep away from any non-vegetarian product or by-product. Thus products like fur, lipsticks, milk, cheese or other similar by-products avoided by them. They only consume vegetables in the raw state and maintain their health with the right use of vegetables.

In spite of the census reports that a majority of Indians are non-vegetarians, many an Indians are accepting and practicing vegetarianism religiously. Because of the urge to stay fit and healthy, most urbans are eating right through vegetarianism. For the daily requirement of proteins, amino acids and vitamins, it has been scientifically proven that one can depend on a well-planned vegetarian diet too.

Another class of vegetarians who consume only fruits in appropriate quantities to obtain all the required strength, are Fruitarians. They neither eat vegetables nor non-vegetarian food, but survive only on fruits. A study of such vegetarians shows that they remain equally healthy to any vegetarian or non-vegetarian, and regulate their weight well.

Every vegetable has a unique way of preparation and presentation and profound research has gone into finding out the specialties of each vegetable. There are a variety of vegetarian dishes which can form various parts of the food, starting from starters to the main course to desserts. There are a number of vegetarian starters like pakoras, vegetable cutlet, veg crispies, vegetable Manchurian, etc. A variety of vegetables such as palak paneer, alu paneer, vegetable korma, to name some, go well with dal, rice, chappati, rotis, or puris when clubbed intelligently. Mango chutney, coconut chutney, vegetable raitas and an array of raitas can form a side dish, about which you can be again very selective. And wallah! One can end ones meal with a cafeteria of vegetarian desserts like gajar ka halwa, modak, kulfi, burfi, kheer, suji ka halwa, rasgulla, gulab jamun and so on.

Owing to their taste, variety, and balance of the Indian cuisine and desserts, they have a global palate are very much in demand. So is the demand for Indian snacks, pickles and spices. Today the entire world enjoys Indian food, be it the dishes form any corner of the country, it has been tickling the taste buds of one and all.

Vegetarian diets are found to keep the body weight in check and steer away from heart diseases. Eating raw vegetables is known to procure maximum vitamins as cooking washes away a few of the vitamins. Non-vegetarians are found to be more prone to cancer of the liver, lung, oesophagus, colon among others. Hence going veg means enjoying a longer and healthier life. No doubt vegetarianism in India is increasing.

Published by Liza Almodovar

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