India, especially during festivals is an attack to the sensory organs. With so much to see, do and eat; it’s often a dilemma for people to choose the best. Especially when it comes to food it’s an even bigger problem. Stalls mushrooming everywhere and serving lip-smacking food, tucking into street food is one of the joys of travelling in India. Here are some tips to help avoid tummy troubles. Also Read - Stay Indoors From 1 PM to 5 PM: IMD Issues 'Red Alert' For Several Other Parts of North India
1. You know the rule about following a crowd: if the locals are avoiding a particular vendor, you should too. There’s a reason why people flock to the known vendors on the street; they care about the health and hygiene of the customer. Also take notice of the profile of the customers; any place popular with families mostly serves safe food. Also Read - 'I Will Never Leave': Uttarakhand Man Returns Home After 24 Years Amid COVID-19 Lockdown, Family Fails to Recognise Him
2. Pay attention to small details. Check how and where the vendor is cleaning the utensils, and how and where the food is covered. If the vendor is cooking in oil, have a peek to check it’s clean. If the pots or surfaces are dirty, or there are food pieces about or too many buzzing flies, don’t be shy to give it a pass.
3. Avoid deep-fried snacks on the streets. The samosas and kachoris look tempting, but the oil they use for frying is often low quality. Plus, in deep-frying practices, snacks are partly cooked first and then finished by frying once they’ve been ordered. It just loads the food with oil, and and leaves it bereft of any nutritional value.
4. Unless a place is reputable, it’s safest to go for vegetarian food. Avoiding meat especially at street food stale is the best thing to do; imagine the rate at which they churn out orders, it’s difficult to maintain hygiene and provide good quality stuff.
5. The hygiene standard at juice stalls is highly questionable, because of the pollution outside and garbage around attracting hordes of flies and mosquitoes.. Have the vendor press the juice fresh in front of you and steer clear of anything stored in a jug or served in a glass; opt for a paper cup instead. The fruit stalls are no less; all the gleaming and glistening fruits are a result of some concoction painted on them with a brush.