sikhism dining etiquette

prohibited food & drink

  • Halal meat
  • Kosher meat
  • Alcohol

food laws and beliefs

Sikhs do not believe in ritual killing and are told to refrain from eating meat (halal and kosher) killed by such rites.

Sikhs are expected to be active and alert and are therefore required to refrain from alcohol and drugs; not on the grounds of impurity but mental and physical fitness.


Because of influences of the sub continent social environment, some Sikhs will not eat beef; others will not eat pork and others will be vegetarians. Because of such varieties and sensitivities all food served in a gurdwara (Sikh place of worship) is vegetarian.