Backpacking India: Tummy Safe Street Foods in India (Eat for $ 1)
Are you having trouble finding food that may suit you and be safe and tasty at the same time? Well, you’re in the right place. Here, I will discuss a variety of foods that will not upset your tummy, or make a huge hole in your shoestring budget either. While Indian food is extremely tasty, and the diverse Indian cuisines have inspired thousands of restaurants, cookbooks and cooking shows all over the world, when you are in the land of spices, remember nothing really is tummy safe. It may not be the quality or hygiene factor that could upset your tummy, but the ingredients. For those not used to spices, scroll down for some safe street foods in India that you can usually count on.
Non Spiced and Safe Street Foods in India
Steamed foods are always a better bet than fried or raw dishes. They are light on the stomach and the steaming process ensures a measure of hygiene.
Idli: Idli is steamed South Indian rice bread. It is nutritious, filling and tasty. Above all, it contains only salt and is not spiced. If you are in Kerala or Tamil Nadu, you can purchase hygienic, clean Idli at streets vendors for round Rs 5 apiece.
Dosa: Looks like a crepe, prepared from a batter of sokaed rice and pulses, this tasty and healthy dish will never give you a Delhi Belly.
Momo: This is a dish of Tibetan origin, present commonly in the Indian street food market. Steamed again, low on spice. And very tasty! I completely survived on Aloo Momos (potato momos) in McLeod Gunj!
Fruits: You will find cut fruit stalls all over the country. In South India, in beach towns, coconut vendors line up streets, selling green tropical coconuts for Rs 20 – 50. Do not miss out on this delight. Fresh fruit juices are easily available at most places between Rs 20 and 100. Can’t go wrong with fruits!
A must try is the fire roasted corn. Cooked on tiny, portable charcoal fires, this sweet Indian corn is a delight to the taste buds. Plus, it is completely safe and makes for a filling snack. Available commonly at random locations all over India for Rs 30 to 50 (less then $ 1).
Do not eat meat street food. Stick to veggies. Indian vegetarian food is so amazingly tasty, I’ve known an enormous number of meat eaters to leave India vegetarian!
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And always remember: Eat fresh, eat smart. Bon Appetite!