Find out information on Hindu airline meals, which airlines offer them and how close to your flight you can order them.
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A Hindu airline meal is a non-vegetarian meal type that is suitable for Hindu people. This meal type is available for Hindus who are not entirely vegetarian. The meal will often include some type of meat or fish, as well as dairy, but will never contain beef or pork. The meal is usually cooked with spices and in an Indian-style. The non-vegetarian Hindu meal should not be confused with the vegetarian Hindu meal, which is also known as an 'Asian vegetarian meal'. The Hindu meal falls under the 'religious meal' category with most airlines, whereas the Asian vegetarian meal will usually full under the vegetarian/vegan category. So, bare that in mind when pre-ordering your meal.
To avoid confusion when ordering meal types, make sure you use the correct IATA airline meal code. The code for a non-vegetarian Hindu meal is HNML.
You can sometimes order a Hindu airline meal at the time of booking. If you select a Hindu airline meal as your preference at the time of booking, we'll put in a request with the airline. However, this is subject to availability. If you'd like to add a meal post-booking, either contact us or put in a real request directly on the airline's website.
On flights flying within or from India, some airlines will offer a Hindu meal as standard. However, it's always worth checking with the airline first.
Hindu airline meals are tasty. However, whether they're better than other meal types will completely depend on the airline. Generally, Hindu meals from airlines that are based in countries that have large Hindu communities are better than other meal types.
Additionally, because Hindu meals are Indian-style, they're usually made with a great variety of spices, ensuring that they're full of flavour.
A Hindu airline meal consists of either chicken, lamb, fish, eggs and other dairy products, or a combination of any of these products. This will usually be served with a curry sauce and rice, a bread roll, salad, water and dessert.
It's important to note that a Hindu airline meal (HNML) is a non-vegetarian meal. This is the best option for those that identify as Hindu and eat meat and meat products.
If you identify as Hindu and are vegetarian, the best option for you is to order an Asian vegetarian meal (AVML). Sometimes, this is referred to as an Indian Vegetarian Meal or a Hindu Vegetarian Meal, but you can always easily identify it by its airline meal code — AVML.
Take a look at our table which shows the airlines that offer Hindu meals and how long before your flight they're available to order.
|AIRLINE NAME||HINDU MEAL
|MIN HOUR BEFORE FLIGHT
|Air New Zealand||x||24|
|Air Tahiti Nui||-||-|
|All Nippon Airways||x||24|
|Hong Kong Airlines||x||24|
|Middle East Airlines (MEA)||-||-|
|Pakistan International Airlines||x||24|
|SAS Scandinavian Airlines||x||24|
|South African Airways||x||24|
|Sri Lankan Airlines||x||24|
|Swiss International Airlines||x||24|
|TUI fly Belgium||x||72|