Indian street food safety tips


Indian street food are fabulous to taste and has a lot of varieties.  At the same time Indian street foods are cheap in price. But Indian street foods are not always healthy. I hardly eat street food now a days.  But I have  some good memories related to street food when I was in school.  We all students eagerly awaited for the final bell to ring. We all ran towards the school gate. Beside the gate all the street food vendors ( chanawala, aluwala, phuskawala etc.) also eagerly awaited for us. During my school days Alu chat (Potato chat) was my favorite street food. At that time I didnot cared about health and hygienic of the street food.  Luckily I never fall sick. But after becoming a mother,  now I am worried about my kids.  My kids started going to school. One day they will also try street food. It will be impossible for me to stop them from eating street food.  Therefore I got a solution and find out 10 street food safety tips to follow by my kids. These tips are also usefull for all street food lovers and also to tourists who wanted to explore Indian street food.

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■ Always stick to the law - follow the crowd.  If the crowd is avoiding any particular food vendor, try to avoid such vendor.  Always eat in such a place where everyone else eating.

■ Don't drink water from street vendors.  Those water may be unclean and unfiltered.  Always bring your own water bottle from home or buy a good brand of water bottle.  Don't compromise with water because water is the main cause of many diseases.

■ Wash your hands before eating Indian street food.  As water may be not available everywhere, carry a sanitizer bottle with you. Keep it in your pocket or in your bag always.

■ Eat what's freshly cooked in front of you. Avoid those pre-cooked or pre-searved street foods.

■ Don't eat juice which is stored in the jar from the street food vendors. Ask the vendor to prepare the juice in front of you. Check the cleanliness of the jar and serving glasses.

■ Its good to avoid eating meat from street food vendors. Eat only veg food items.

■ Check the place where the street food vendors serve their food. Avoid vendors selling food near garbage , check if any insect or houseflies are there.

■ Try to avoid locally made ice-cream and sauce or chutneys. The vendor may use unclean water in preparing such ice-cream, sauce or chutneys.

■ Check where and how the vendor is cleaning his utensils. Check If he is using the dirty old knife and dirty cutting board.

■ check the oil the vendor is useing to fry his food and also the cooking pan. The vendor may be using the same oil again and again. It's not healthy. 

13 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing such a nice tips.. As I am foodie I never check this this.. From now I will :)

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  2. Great tips to keep in mind when I visit one day

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  3. These are some very useful tips to remember while eating street food in India. Will surely keep all in mind while eating on streets. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Really good tips and reminder to not take for granted about clean water and hygiene practices being followed.

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  5. I agree to your tips, it is always better to be safe instead of having a bad experience. But a lot of things are smelling so good and look nice, tempting.

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  7. Definitely a handbook to those who fulfill their cravings with the street vendors. With Indian population on the rise, hygiene is what drives the people for a healthy life. Good one!

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  8. Good reminder! :-) I am a huge fan of street food, I know it’s not a healthy option and I am guilty, but sometimes I just can’t resist! and I’d love to try Indian street foods one day!

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  10. Thanks for tips. I will use them every time I visit India. Indian Street Food need some hygiene.

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