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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!

Gudi Padwa: The Maharashtrian New Year

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Wishes for Gudi Padwa
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In the hindu lunar calendar, Chaitra is the first month and the first day of it marks the beginning of a New Year for many Indian states. The month begins with a new moon day around March or April, which turns new year for many hindu households. States like Tamil Nadu call this New Year as Chaitrai Vishu or Puthandu while the same is Ugadi in Karnataka or Sansar Padwa in Goa. In case of the state of Maharashtra, this New Year that marks the beginning of spring is referred to as Gudi Padwa.

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Gudi Padwa celebrations
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An important and significant day of celebration for Maharashtrians, this day involves certain set of rituals and ceremonies that Maharashtrians perform as part of their culture.

Abhyangasnan, or the holy bath

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Ingredients of Abhyangasnan
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The Gudi Padwa day usually starts with an extensive oil bath followed by a dip in a nearby river. Though now, the bath happens at home only but necessarily ends with a distinct dress code for both men and women. Men on this day, stick to traditional attire like kurta, pajama and turban. Maharshtrian women wear a nine yard saree tucked to their back, more popular as kastha or nauvari.

Rangoli, or decorating the house

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A Gudi Padwa Rangoli
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Cleaning the house is important in Gudi Padwa. Cow dung is use to sweep the courtyard, followed by colorful floral decorations by the doorstep. This is called rangoli, and the same is also done in many other hindu festivals. Vermillion, rice powder and turmeric are mandatorily used in this rangoli. In modern times, some add flowers and candles to the same to highlight the decoration.

The Gudi, or the flag hoisting

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Women decorating the ‘gudi’
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On Gudi Padwa, every Maharashtrian household hoists an upside down new kalash made of silver, copper or bronze covered in a red, yellow or saffron cloth. The same contains a gathi (a type of sweet), neem leaves, coconuts, mango leaves and marigold flowers that signify a rich harvest. After hoisting it’s positioned to the right side of main entrance of the house so that passerby or neighbours can see it from a distance. Many call this as ‘the flag of Brahma’ (Brahmadhvaj) as on the same day, Lord Brahma is believed to have created the universe. Those who hoist the saffron flag, is believed to commemorate the victories of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Puja, or spiritual worship

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Yagna being performed
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While offering to Lord Brahma on the day of Gudi Padwa, one necessarily needs to offer davna (a fragrant plant). This is followed by a sacrificial fire called as ‘hom’, ‘havan’ or ‘yagna’. This fire ritual is common in many other hindu celebrations and denotes welcome of wealth, health and perish of evil from the family.

Neem, a part of the prasadam

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The neem prasadam
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No hindu festival is complete without a delicious food chart. In Gudi Padwa, the finger licking dishes are pooran poli, soonth panak, chana and shrikhand. Also, neem is a mandatory in this day’s menu. Tender leaves and flowers of neem is mixed with soaked split gram lentil (dal) or soaked gram, honey, cummin seeds, jaggery and asafoetida to make it a tasty item in the menu.

Exploring Bhopal

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Bhopal – the City of Lakes
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Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh, is also a ‘City of Lakes’. It is known for its historical past and the well-knit influx of history and mordernity that can be felt at any nook or corner of the city. Bhopal is a place where the ancient and the contemporary and multiple religious groups co-exist peacefully. There are parts of the city that are the proofs of the rich history of Bhopal while the newer metropolitan developments display a great feat in the fields of commerce and trade. The dedicated efforts to keep Bhopal beautiful with well planned gardens and parks. The natural scenic beauty of Bhopal is quite capturing since it flourishes over seven hills and two fascinating lakes.

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Sultan Shah Jahan – Begum of Bhopal who commissioned the Taj-Ul-Masjid
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Bhopal’s history has a unique turn in it when for four successive generations, 1819-1926, the city was ruled by only Begums (Queens). The city saw much infrastructural chrysalis during this time like improvement of postal system, drainage and sewage systems and railways. The Begums also invested in building artistic monuments that stand with pride even today.

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Bhimbetka Caves
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The city has many tourist attractions. The Taj-Ul-Masjid is one of Asia’s largest mosques and is simply amazing in terms of architecture and magnanimity. The lakshmi Narayan temple, built on the Arera Hill, is a beautiful place that deeply resonates peace and tranquility. The Bhimbetka Caves depict the pre-historic, notably Neolithic age of man, through the cave paintings which were made circa 10000B.C. Sanchi Stupa is one of the most common names that you came across in the early chapters of history in school. This place boasts of the remnants of Buddhist culture through monasteries, tombs, temples and pillars. Th Great Stupa, which is said to have been built over the relics of the Buddha was commissioned by Ashoka the Great in the 3rd Century B.C. There are over 30-45 amazing spots you should visit when in Bhopal.

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Achari Gosht
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It is a well known fact that the most prominent flavours of any city can be best tasted at the street shops and local food centres instead of polished restaurants. But some restaurants do take pride in serving the authentic flavours of the city. The prolonged Muslim rule in Bhopal has blessed the cuisine with an impressive line of spicy meat dishes, curries and kebabs alongside some very tasty vegetarian options. Dishes like Rogan Josh, Biryani, Pulav and Achari Gosht are few of the very popular culinary wonders available. A glass of refreshing sugarcane juice, a seasonal fruit dessert and then a Bhopali Paan is all you’d need to complete your meal!

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