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Buddhist Cuisine: Features and Facts

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An authentic Buddhist spread
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Standing very parallel to Hindu beliefs and customs, Buddhism is an absolutely independent religion that has its own set of rituals and regulations followed by 300 million people of this world. While standing out from the rest, the Buddhists even sketched their style of diet, popularly known as Buddhist cuisine.

BYT lists 8 highlights of the Buddhist cuisine that you may try with a fellow Buddhist and have idea about a completely new kind of culinary spread:

Meat – Yes or No?

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Consumption of meat in Buddhism
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Buddhists are predominantly meat lovers except the priests, monks, nuns or those abiding the Bodhisattva path. So, when in Buddhism, it depends on your wish whether you will be a meat eater or not. However, Buddha himself is believed to have died for over consumption of tainted pork.

Vegetarian Buddhists use gluten, tofu, agar and other plant products instead of meat in their meals.

Redefining the Food Habits

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A Buddhist meal
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Buddhists do not prefer much of poultry products. Those who are strictly vegetarians prefer lentils, beans, soups, salads, and vegetable dishes in menu. In case of meat, a broth or stew based preparation is preferred. A sect of Buddhists is known for abstaining from meat and yet keeping fish as a major constituent of their meals.

Limitation in Snacks

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Fruit bowl, the preferable snack
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Buddhists are not very fond of snacks. Between meals, they drink a lot of tea or opt for fresh bowls of fruits as snacks. This is mainly to aim for a healthy living and abstaining from junk food.

Dessert is Special

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Dessert among Buddhists
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For Buddhists, dessert is indeed a special affair that can be consumed only during happy occasions and feasts. Rice pudding and oatsbar are common Buddhist desserts that are seen on table only during festivals. This is mainly to balance the carbohydrate consumption of the body.

Post Meditation Dining

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Meditation is important
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Buddhists emphasize on meditation to a great extent. This is mainly to keep the body and lifestyle at calm and composed state. Thus they prefer taking each meal after a short span of meditation so that the calm body helps for faster metabolism and digestion.

Breakfast Menu

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Porridge, the healthy breakfast
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In case of breakfast, the Buddhists do not have much variety and prefer hot bowls of porridge usually topped with cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, raisins, muesli. Though this may sound a subtle start for a day, but it’s definitely healthy!

Amazing Srinagar, Kashmir

Srinagar in Kashmir, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world, replete with the magnificence of Himalayas and natural beauty. Srinagar has a long historical legacy. The modern city flourished over the ruins of quite a few dynasties, reigns of rulers like King Pravarasena who founded the city in the 3rd Century B.C. and the Great Ashoka of Maurya who re-established Srinagar in the 1st Century B.C. and it became one of the most important places of Buddhism. Then Mughal Emperor Akbar took over and brought in Islamic influences. Maharaja Ranajit Singh introduced Sikhism under his rule… Thus Srinagar underwent a lot of religious and cultural influxes over a considerable amount of time, that has given it a rich historical past along with the amazing natural exuberance.

Dal Lake, Srinagar P.C.: http://goo.gl/MGMdwU

Dal Lake, Srinagar
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Srinagar is located on the banks of the river Jhelum, called Vyath by the locals. The river flows through the Kashmir valley, passes the city and into the Dal Lake. There are nine old bridges that connect both parts of Srinagar.

Red-Crested Pochard, one of the birds found in Hokersar P.C.: http://goo.gl/5Qouhg

Red-Crested Pochard, one of the birds found in Hokersar
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Amazing and majestic migratory birds are found flocking at Hokersar – a marshy land with a lake, about 14km from Srinagar. Apart from Dal Lake (noted for its size, surrounding beauty and house boats) and Nigeen Lake, the Wular Lake is one of the largest fresh water lakes in the whole of Asia.

Yousmarg, little away from Srinagar, Kashmir P.C.: http://goo.gl/qoD61Y

Yousmarg, little away from Srinagar, Kashmir
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The Shankaracharya Hill is one of the most visited places for the serene environment that invokes the senses of clam and peace in one. There is an old Shiva temple, the bells of which resonate the poise. About a little over 55km from Srinagar is the beautiful Yousmarg that boasts of aplomb meadows and water bodies amidst the mountains. Ride a horse and enjoy Nature, here. Enroute Yousmarg, you come across lush apple orchards, almond and walnut plantations.

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Mughal Gardens
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There are a number of very well kept gardens in and Srinagar and the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Botanical GardensChashme Shahi Gardens and Mughal or Nishat Gardens are the most popular. The Jama Masjid, which is a mosque built in Buddhist architectural influence, a classic example of cultural mixing, is yet another of the star attractions here.

Goshtaba, Kashmiri Cuisine P.C.: http://goo.gl/bF5Lmg

Goshtaba, Kashmiri Cuisine
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But during your stay here, Kashmiri cuisine is also another wonder you need to explore. The most common ingredient of the Kashmiri diet is mutton and there are over 30 different, prominent preparations of mutton found here. Some notable dishes are yakhni, goshtaba, rogan josh. Visit www.bookyourtable.com and find out your choice of a restaurant in the city and call in at 076767 76767 for reservation to enhance your overall experience!

Zen – The Leela Palace, Bangalore

You are most welcome to visit and explore the exclusive world enclosed in the Oriental cuisine restaurant, Zen, in The Leela Palace, Bangalore, that shall unravel a royal experience for you right from the time you set your first foot in!

Zen, The Leela Palace, Bangalore

Zen, The Leela Palace, Bangalore

The exotic culinary world of Zen spreads across a large part of the oriental world, serving delicacies from Japanese, Thai, Korean and Chinese cuisines, all at just a nod from you! Zen is actually a class in itself considering both, the food and the interior décor. The restaurant sports the luxurious looks found in a king’s chambers… It rebuilds the images from history book and preserved monuments in India… In other words, Zen is made in rich cultural influences with antique hanging chandeliers, hoisted mirrors on the walls, arch doors, mezzanine floor, huge French windows and soft, cream shaded walls… It is the perfect juxtaposition of three worlds under one roof—Oriental food, Indian décor and most contemporary amenities! You are bound to enjoy an overwhelming experience here!

A savoury prawn cocktail!!

A savoury prawn cocktail!!

Now, the even more amazing thing that is in the wind is the wonderful offer for the loyal BYT customers that Zen has come up with. For as astounding as just a thousand bucks (plus taxes), you can enjoy a four course set menu of either Thai or Chinese cuisine (featuring a course on Dim sums) for lunch on any day of the week!

A wonderful seafood soup... Yuuum!

A wonderful seafood soup… Yuuum!

Is your birthday coming up? Do not miss this grand chance of giving your friends a treat to remember… Is it you anniversary next week? Put on your best clothes and wear your sweetest smile as you take a seat here at Zen with your beloved spouse… Is it just that you love food? Love a good lunch? Bored of venues for your kitty party? Call 076767 76767 or click here and bookyourtable right away to enjoy a delectable lunch over reliving your memories of salad days!

Zen – The Leela Palace, Bangalore

The Leela Palace, Bangalore

The Leela Palace, Bangalore

The Leela Palace is one of the leading 5 Star hotels in Bangalore, sprawling over 9 acres of landscaped gardens, offering the most exclusive royal escapes ever in the heart of the city. The restaurant, Zen, serves dishes from the world of Oriental cuisine and is known to be one of the very best in town!!

Zen, in The Leela Palace, Bangalore

Zen, in The Leela Palace, Bangalore

Master Chefs for Japanese, Thai, Korean and Chinese cuisines stay busy behind the fire and wok all day and provide you with outstanding preparations along with a wide selection of fantastic hard liquor labels (and other refreshing beverages) to suit your mood, in the wonderful foodie’s world of Zen. Dishes like Larb E San, Yum Nua, Tom Yam Num Kuan Goong, Gaeng Massaman Nua Kae, Kaow Soi Gai, Tempuras, Udon Noodle Soup with Choice of Tempura, Sasami/Negima/Ebi/Sake Yakitori along with an exhaustive menu of choices for sushi, dimsums, barbecues, set platters, set meals, teppanyaki signature rolls and much more! It is easy to feel lost but the well informed managers will guide you to your perfectly desired tastes!! The live teppanyaki and yakitori kitchen, sushi and dimsum counters, Korean barbecue grills add the perfectly desired animation with the chefs skilfully handling their brandished metal tools!

A Chef with some dumplings and dimsums!

A Chef with some dumplings and dimsums!

The name Zen may ring a Buddhist bell in the mind and bring about glimpses of bamboo and lotuses common to China… But the restaurant in Leela Palace is dressed in Mysore’s architectural robes. It has the grandiose of royal chambers and the ethics of imperialism! It is the perfect combination of cultures where the food is strictly Oriental, setting is a piece of work influenced from Indian history and is harmonized with most contemporary amenities and comfort!

Chocolate Cake for dessert??

Chocolate Cake for dessert??

The Times Food and Nightlife Awards 2012 winner for Best Pan-Asian restaurant, Zen, welcomes you to its heart with the most delectable, chosen and distinguished menu on the offer. The outdoor lets you enjoy Bangalore’s amazing weather and the landscaped greenery around feed your eyes with serenity. Call 076767 76767 or visit our bookyourtable website to make a reservation to enjoy a charming meal outside home…!!