Jain Vegetarian Menu
Corn cream soup
Vegetable spring roll, green bean broat, young corn, cauliflower rolled then deep fried. With sweet sour sauce.
Red bean curry
Green bean rendang
Satay tempeh and tofu with chili sauce
Jukut Urab (young papaya, long bean and bean broat steamed with chili coconut grated dressing)
Banana flambé or black rice pudding
Jain vegetarian diet is one of the most rigorous forms of spiritually-motivated diet in the world. The Jain cuisine is completely vegetarian and also excludes onions, potatoes, eggplants and garlic, similar to the shojin-ryori Buddhist cuisine of Japan.
The strictest forms of Jain diet is practiced by the monastic ascetics; in addition to potatoes it may exclude other root vegetables. This food is called sattvic, which means that it is based on the qualities of goodness, lightness and happiness. On the other hand, onions, eggplant and garlic are considered “tamasic” as they are believed to have a quality of darkness, lethargy and a putrid smell.
Jain objections to the eating of meat, fish and eggs are based on the principle of nonviolence (ahimsa, figuratively “non-injuring”). Every act by which a person directly or indirectly supports killing or injury is seen as act of violence (himsa), which creates harmful reaction karma. The aim of ahimsa is to prevent the accumulation of such karma. The extent to which this intention is put into effect varies greatly among Hindus, Buddhists and Jains.