How do I avoid getting Delhi Belly?
Indian food is simply delectable and contrary to popular belief, is not all about hot curries - far from it in fact. Nothing quite beats the simplicity of home-cooked Indian food you will have plenty of opportunities to sample some fantastic and authentic Indian food while on holiday.
That said, it is pretty common to get an upset tummy, often referred to as Delhi Belly when you visit India. For the most part, the food is not unsafe to eat, it is more that your system will not be used to the bacteria in the water there. The biggest thing to avoid is water that is not distilled, so ensure that you only drink bottled water. As salads will be washed in water, it's best to avoid eating salads, unless you are at a top end 5-star establishment. It's fine to eat chicken, but we would recommend avoiding pork unless you are eating out at a top-end restaurant. Under no circumstances are you to try fresh street foods as those will most certainly upset your stomach.
If you are keen on a culinary adventure
food is a North Indian speciality and absolutely delicious. Biryani
is another Northern Mughal dish worth trying. The consistently tasty Thali
is a great value dish that originated in South India; it consists of a variety of curry dishes, relishes, poppadums, chapatis and rice. Try a vege-thali and you'll never consider vegetarian food boring or bland again - Indian's excel at being vegetarian! For something quite unique, try a Dosa
, a savoury paper-thin pancake that comes from Tamil Nadu in the South but that is now relished by Indians all across the country. And if you've got a sweet tooth, give local favourites like Gulab Jamun
and Ras Gullas