So you have planned your first Indian Holiday and are dying to pounce on that spicy Indian gravy or the luscious Tandoori Chicken. Well let us give you a few tips that will help you enjoy the famous variety of Indian street food without any troubles for yourself. Please note that the below tips are for westerners and people living outside India for a long time. Needless to say, Local Indians themselves have very much adjusted to the varied Indian Food and don’t require the below tips:)
1. We suggest to give yourself a few days to adjust to the local cuisine, especially if you’re not used to spicy food.
2. Go to a street vendor or a restaurant where you see a crowd of people eating from. You can never go wrong that way.
3. Check how clean the utensils are, and how and where the food is covered. If the vendor is cooking in oil, have a peek to check it’s clean. You can avoid that particular stall if you see that the pots or surfaces are dirty, there are food scraps about or too many buzzing flies!
4. If you are having meat on the roadside,make sure you ask other locals and friends if the place is reputable or famous,only then have it!
5. It is always preferable to have something made right in front of you so you can be sure it is fresh and ready to eat!
6. Avoid roadside juice stalls unless you know its made by clean water. Have a lot of Coconut water and yogurt to avoid the dehydration and keep the good bacteria in your tummy alive.
7. Avoid ice in your beverages for the same reason. When ordering a drink, any drink, always specify “No ice, please,” works nearly every time. When in doubt, leave it out.
8 . If cooking on your own, wash/peel all fruits and veggies and then eat/cook
9. Wash your hands often
10. Don’t over eat:)
Special Mention: Good old-fashioned luck
Although we do not recommend relying on pure luck, it bears mentioning that you could throw caution to the wind while traveling, eat on the street 24-7 and never get sick. Likewise, you can follow every healthy travel eating guideline and spend more than your fair share of time in the toilet.
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