According to a Registrar General Survey of people released in 2014, aged 15 and above, India’s latest state, the Telengana has the most non-vegetarians in the country at 99%, followed by West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Kerala. An almost equal percent of men (98.8%) and women (98.6%) are non-vegetarians in the state.
Telengana people eat a lot of lamb and chicken, even for breakfast, and other animal parts such as kidney, brain and trotters are consumed and many meat lovers also eat rabbits, emu and quail. Talakaya kura, paaya, dum biryani, tala hua ghosht, etc are names of some popular Telugu non-veg delicacies. In fact, it is now a proven fact that Telugus from Telangana love non-vegetarian food the most in India. Experts say lifestyles could have contributed to the increase in meat consumption in the state, besides religion. The availability of an abundance livestock in the state is also one of the factors of its high consumption.
A Hyderabad Hospital dietitian said in order not to raise the cholesterol levels, people should eat more tandoori and other grilled forms of meat. Chicken and fish are considered healthier with higher protein levels, and the red meat is blamed for several health problems.
However, overall the percentage of non-vegetarians in the country dropped to 71% in 2014. Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana top the list of states with the highest vegetarian population. Gujarat state, which is traditionally vegetarian, has reportedly recorded a change in eating preferences, as two out of five love eating meat - 61.80% of Gujarat is vegetarian and 39.05% prefer non-vegetarian food.