Please help a clueless girl on Indian/Sikh food customs!

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
1548 posts
Bumble bee

Food is the best bridge of languages and cultures but I’d make a vegetarian dish for them and flowers. Just get kosher food just in case, idk about Sikhism but I’m sure if u come with a grateful heart theyd gladly accept ur generosity

Post # 4
2807 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@CaliRorter:  I’d research it.  A had to do paper on that religion a looong time ago I remember they are vegeterian and have some pretty neat beliefs  I’d google some stuff or check out books from the library or something considering that there is a language barrier.  I’d be afraid to cook for them since I don’t know the customs like Jewish have all those kosher things not knowing about the religion you don’t know what the restrictions are.

Best of luck and good for you for having friendly neighbors.

Post # 6
3442 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@CaliRorter:  My ex-boss is sikh. They don’t eat almost anything with animal origin, like no eggs. So I think you’re best to go with either a non-food item, like flowers, or something vegan.

Post # 7
5160 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@CaliRorter:  Based on my understanding,a  lot of Sikh people are vegetarian, sometimes vegan, but certainly not all.  In my city ther is a huge Sikh populartion so I have a lot of friends & coworkers who are part of the religion.  It’s actually a really interesting religion if you research it.  It’s quite a “new” religion (I think only about 500 years old) and it’s quite feminist which is nice.

My suggestion is to bring them a food gift from your own culture, and since you know they are vegetarian stick with that.  

Also keep in mind that there are Sikh’s of different observance level (like there are within most religions) so the “rules” wont be the same for all.  For example, not all practicing Jews keep kosher.

Post # 8
439 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@CaliRorter:  I spent a couple months with my friend’s Sikh family in India one summer. Some are vegetarians, but not all. I found that they had some interesting food traditions (such as, they believed you shouldn’t drink water WITH a meal – only before or after – because they thought it’d give you indigestion to drink while eating). Overall, the food was like normal Indian food – lots of flavor, and generally a little too spicy for my poor white-girl tongue! 🙂

If you want to cook for them, try to pick something flavorful! I once tried to serve them “mac and cheese” (homemade with real cheese, to share a bit of my American culture) and they all thought it was horribly bland!! They ended up dumping a bunch of chili spices on it. LOL! So your best bet would be a flavorful main dish, or even a sweet dessert (although chocolate didn’t seem very popular in India – desserts seemed to be more often rice pudding type things, or other sugary confections).

Anyway, I’m sure no matter what you serve, they’ll appreciate the gesture. Have fun!


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