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    Indian Street Food - To Try Or Not To Try?

    I had a friend who asked me about Indian street food and the infamous "Delhi Belly". I would like to hear your opinions on this subject. You could also share your tips on how to sample Indian street food safely.

    I absolutely adore pani puri, aloo chat and bhelpuri from the north and masala dosas and appams from the south.

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    Indian Street Food hygiene And Safety

    Hygiene is not always high on the list of the street vendors but the food is just so amazing that I am usually willing to gloss over that fact. I don't really think there are any safe tips to trying street food but give yourself a couple of days to adjust to the cuisine there especially if you're not used to spicy food.I have friends who get stomachaches from the slightest of spicy food and street food is definitely a no-no for them. Apart from that, just go to the street vendors that actually have many locals buying from them too. I also love the fresh juice that they make especially the sugar cane juice. I always mix whatever fruits are available and ask the man to make the juice. It's so delicious and cheap too!

    I don't really like pani puri although the locals seem to absolutely love it but somehow samosas from street vendors always taste much better than the restaurant versions!

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    Best time I'd say is around October and November. It's neither too hot or cold then. Although night temperatures in desert ares can be really cold, while days are burning. But it's a beautiful place and these things will be bearable enough for you to be able to enjoy yourself!

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    Re: Indian Street Food - To Try Or Not To Try?

    Absolutely try the street food. To me, it's almost better to accept getting sick at some point and fully enjoy the experience where you are than to get too distracted by worrying about what to eat/drink/breath. Going to India is a trip that only happens once for many of it, be sure to make the most out of your time there. Even if you do get sick and it's miserable at the time, looking back on it I bet you'll be glad you dived in.

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    I could live off street food. Masala dosas are my favourite and there's nothing better than a starter of pakoras at one stall, a masala dosa main course at another then top it all off with jalabis from somewhere else. Much cheaper and better on so many levels than restaurants. And I like to then wash it all down with a cool nimbu pani. I think the Delhi Belly bit comes from the drink rather than the food. I never had any problems in 6 months but I suspect that's because I spent my childhood in a remote part of Africa and built up immunity to a lot of things my fellow Europeans have never been exposed to. I put on weight in India while everyone else seemed to look continually green and lost weight.

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    I actually disagree with the advice that's been offered so far. You should avoid the street food in India. The risk of illness from eating it is too high especially in the South. If you are determined to try it, the only advice to follow is common sense- look at the vendor and their food carefully and see if it looks hygienic/clean. See if locals seem to be eating from that particular cart or not. Try only small portions at first until you are more acclimated to the food.

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    I'm a bit picky with the food I eat, specially with street food. If it's not properly cooked or cleaned it will cause a lot of diseases like Hep A, Hep B, diarrhea and many others. If you really want t try to eat street food, be observant of the place, the people preparing, the utensils or anything they are using for cooking. Try to see if it's really worth it to try.

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    If you get sick easily, it's not a good idea to have street food. However, if you can tolerate a lot more, then go for it! The street food is a huge part of the culture there, and it's great as an experience in India. Just be careful and don't eat too much.

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    Re: Indian Street Food - To Try Or Not To Try?

    Keep an eye on places with a heavy footfall. This ensures that the place always has fresh food. Keep a few digestive pills with you just in case and have a good time. Don't over-stuff yourself even if the food tastes really good, because an excess of anything is bad. If you love pani puri, you'll find that a lot of vendors now make it with mineral water - just ask and you'll find yourself pleasantly surprised.

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    Re: Indian Street Food - To Try Or Not To Try?

    TomRalphio! You are absolutely right. We should be very careful in eating matter. We always try to eat digestive and hygienic food. I have been eating the mineral paani puri, vada Pao, akki rott and Mirchi Bajji in India. I am happy I had digested them so I think you should try them BrianWolfe but avoid to over eating.
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    Re: Indian Street Food - To Try Or Not To Try?

    South Indian foods will be available in this street?

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    Re: Indian Street Food - To Try Or Not To Try?

    I am a Indian and Indian food if eaten from hygienic place is always healthy. Compare to any cuisine Indian food will tops the popularity chart.

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    Helo Friends,

    Yes BrianWolfe you tre a Indian Street food.

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    Re: Indian Street Food - To Try Or Not To Try?

    Indian food is very spicy, I liked it but not much.

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    Re: Indian Street Food - To Try Or Not To Try?

    Indian streets are well famous for its cheap and tasty food items, Delhi, The capital of India is one of the best place to have street foods, Delhi offers variety of road side food and stalls.

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    Re: Indian Street Food - To Try Or Not To Try?

    Indian street food is so tasty,Agra tour you can take enjoy food in sadar market

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    Re: Indian Street Food - To Try Or Not To Try?

    I'm so excited about to try with Indian food more times, when come in India. I love Indian food and there are many restaurants and Luxury Hotel in Agra is top food provide in many tourists in stay in this hotel.

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    Re: Indian Street Food - To Try Or Not To Try?

    India is popular for its street foods. When i stepped into the country, i was amazed to see the number of street foods located in major cities. I recommend you to try the Indian street foods only on your summer vacation...Eating too much in street stalls may create a impact to your health. So, just visit a destination and try out the popular dishes with utmost fun. I had a great time tasting the most famous Vada Pav Mumbai, Egg Rolls Kolkata and Momos Darjeeling specials..

    The Vada Pav from Mumbai was too good and couldn't stop eating ...

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    Re: Indian Street Food - To Try Or Not To Try?

    Thanks for you sharing Emma . are you from india ? I have an travel agency in india That operate India tour packages and same day agra tour and taj mahal tour many tour packages .Thanks

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    Re: Indian Street Food - To Try Or Not To Try?

    Mumbai is the famous for its street foods..

    Vada Pav
    Pav Bhaji
    Pani Puri
    Bhel Puri
    Kheema Pav

    These are the most popular and local streets foods...

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    Re: Indian Street Food - To Try Or Not To Try?

    If you are in India, you should have once "street food" tasted to your mouth. There are many places where you can have hygienic street food also.

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    This is really too much Yummy fast food to Taj ganj street and Agra Sadar Bazar to showing the very tasting food in Likes to Tourists. Wildlife Sanctuaries tour in India is famous palace in Taj city

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    Re: Indian Street Food - To Try Or Not To Try?

    I am always ready to traveling with new adventures and best destinations of the Indian streets foods. Always travelers to comes in India. Travelers for like to Indian food and Stay in Best Hotels in Agra. So i really like that India Hotels in Agra are tasty food in very famous in India.

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    Re: Indian Street Food - To Try Or Not To Try?

    In the Agra Tour Packages The Indian Street food in a safe and Hygienic restaurant is good to have but on the street or by the road side it is not advisable.
    Last edited by samedaytoursin; 08-26-2015 at 08:26 AM.

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