Tips To Enjoy Taste Of Street Food In India
Posted on June 13, 2019
India is a diverse country with varied topography from north to south and east to west and hence offers wide food choices to the foreign traveler. One of the main reasons for travel to India for every traveler is to sample its typical gastronomical delights and no vacation in India is complete without getting a taste of its globally famed street food.
Following tips can be kept in mind to relish the Indian street food without getting sick.
Intake Fully Cooked Food:
Do not miss eating deep fried, grilled food preparations, vegetables or nuts. They are safe and tastiest; for example, corn cobs that are roasted and treated with lime and salt, pan roasted groundnuts, fresh and hot chips, street momos are some items you have to experience here. Eat re-fried items like samosas, potato patty (vadas, tikkis) without getting alarmed as it is tantamount to re-heating the food.
Go Veggie for a While:
It is best to go vegetarian during your holidays in India. It is difficult to judge the freshness of the meat that is being used in the varied food preparations.
Check the Cutlery & Cleanliness of Kitchen:
Are they using unclean knives or cutting boards, are they using gloves on their hands, is a single person handling the cash and touching the food preparations? These are some things that have to be checked before selecting the food stall as cutlery can be a bacteria holder though the food may be fresh.
Avoid Street Drinks that are Not Hot:
It is safest to intake hot drinks where the water comes to a boil as the cleanliness of water may not equal that of bottled water or the ice too may not necessarily be made from clean water. Avoid fruit shakes or ice from street stalls. However, taste the hot chai from stalls; it is too good to be missed.
Check Line-up at the Stall:
If the line length of people chomping on the stall’s food wares is long then it is safe to join them to taste the delectable food items on offer at the stall. However, it is also necessary to ascertain the kind of people waiting in the line-up; it should include sizable number of children and women too. Then, you can be assured that the food is the freshest there.
Carry Translation Cards for Food Limitations:
You may be a lover of street food but if you have some food restrictions then it is best to carry translation cards in a series of local languages. The vendors can understand your requirements and you too can enjoy the street food to your heart’s desire.
Beware of Chutneys or Sauces:
Sauces and chutneys can pose a problem to foreign travelers. They can be a breeding ground for bacteria as they remain at room temperature for a while. They will also be made from tap water and so if you want to take the risk go ahead and enjoy its flavor.