The HNML or Hindu Non Vegetarian is a meal for people who follow Hindu custom. Meals are non-vegetarian and cooked in an Indian style. It’s one of those special meals that confuses a lot of people, people assume because it’s called Hindu that it’s vegetarian but the N stands for non vegetarian. Some airlines may offer a special vegetarian form of this, but this is not common. If you want an Indian type of meal that is vegetarian see if the AVML (Asian Vegetarian) or VJML (Vegetarian Jain) are offered, these are very good substitutes.

Generally the Hindu meal will contain: Lamb, chicken, fish, eggs, pulses, starches, milk and dairy products. The meal will not contain: Veal, Beef, Raw/Smoked Fish.

Most airlines worldwide offer a good range of special meals. If you need to check on a specific airline view the airlines section to read about the airline you’re flying with.

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