**I generally avoid discussing religion on my blog. This post is an exception as it factors into a recent dietary choice**
Every time I visit London, my list of “To Try Restaurants” keeps expanding. This trip, my list also included something more generic: Beef. Although beef is as common as eating chicken to most people, this was a huge deal for someone like me who has been brought up as a Hindu. Because Hinduism believes cows are sacred animals, eating any kind of cow meat is considered a sin.
Maybe I’m lacking iron, maybe I needed a serious protein fix or maybe curiosity got the best of me, but over the past few weeks the temptation to try beef kept growing. After contemplating several ethical dilemmas and going back and forth between “Should I, Shouldn’t I?” I wanted to at least try it. I finally had my first taste of a burger last week…a Tramp Burger to be exact. As a newbie, I had no idea how I wanted it cooked but luckily I was in the company of burger connoisseurs who suggested ‘well done’.
Did I enjoy it? Although I didn’t capture a photo of the burger in all its glory, I can assure you it was good…really good. I found it a lot more filling than other kinds of meat but it sure hit the spot. Do I dare say that chicken tastes almost passé now?
Do I think eating beef makes me a bad Hindu? Absolutely not! While I don’t claim to be perfect, I do believe I am a good person. More than that, I don’t think my dietary preferences define who I am or my faith in God. And finally Hinduism is filled with a plethora of traditions. Does the mere act of eating beef cancel out all the other traditions, which I actually do follow? I think not.
Will I continue to eat beef? While I have no plans to eat beef on a daily basis, I am looking forward to trying out different varieties like wagyu and kobe beef. Out of respect for my non-beef eating mom & grandmother and statues of Hindu gods at home, I would never bring beef into our home nor would I eat it on auspicious days.
Do you eat beef? If so, what do you suggest I try next?
Dietary needs aside, does anything else influence your dietary choices?