Is chai safe to drink in India?
rajaajay
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Rajaajay, I am in Nick’s camp. You can’t try to create a sterile environment around you during the visit. You will spoil your trip, in addition to failing in that effort. Go with the flow - take reasonable precautions like water and hope for the best. One extra precaution I use is to go to the restaurants with high traffic (which means you are less likely to get stale recycled food) and to go for the high demand dishes (again for the same reason).

My response to Yaatri’s post was mainly to point out the futility of it beyond a point. Sure - after the event, one can assign blame to something (bad paneer, not properly washed glass, etc.) but these assigned causes can be wrong. And, it they cannot be recognized before the fact, they are not very useful.
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Originally posted by: kmalik View Post

OK. But - how does one decide that paneer in shahi paneer is bad? Funny taste test is unfortunately after the fact. At that time - one might as well wait for the Delhi belly to see if it was bad after all? Even then, how does one know if it were the bad paneer or the glass not washed in the boiling water that infected you.

Let’s just accept that there are risks that come with this environment - take some reasonable precautions - like being careful with water, eating in places that are highly traffic and look reasonably clean. And, after that - it is a matter of chance. Accept and deal with it, or stay home/some place that’s safer (and get the flu instead).


I am sorry, I am not able to dispense 100% fool proof advice. One should not be looking for it either.

Your objection in the first paragraph missed the point, which you have made yourself in the second paragraph that one has to be reasonably cautious. We both agree that there is no binary answer to the question, "Is it safe to eat paneer".
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Originally posted by: jituyadav View Post

Does paneer really go bad? This is a serious question. It may taste bad, sour etc, but are the bacteria in paneer bad for us. Does bad bacteria infect milk? I have seen people eat curd kept in open for weeks and which is fermented beyond belief,

If it is the bacteria in water content of paneer (the water added later to keep paneer from drying, not the original stuff), will not those be killed in dishes like shahi paneer which are cooked?


Your serious question about paneer, is best answered by another question---- Does water go bad?

Cross contamination can contaminate even lifesaving drugs.
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#79
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Originally posted by: rajaajay View Post

should i bring my own disposable cups for chai or is that going overboard?


See post number 4 in this topic thread... :D


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#80
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Originally posted by: Yaatri View Post

Your serious question about paneer, is best answered by another question---- Does water go bad?

Cross contamination can contaminate even lifesaving drugs.


I think you went through my post without bothering to read carefully, or just put your post after the very first sentence you read thinking what a dimwit, let me enlighten him.

I know about cross contamination, I know that water goes bad, both these points were already in my post. I also mentioned that if it is water contamination, it should be taken care of when the paneer is cooked.

My question was entirely different. Does paneer, or more specifically milk in its original form, harbor bacteria that are bad for us? There are so many different cheese that are left to rot in all sorts of way, but they are good to consume. I also mentioned about curd that is consumed after weeks in open but it is perfectly fine. Moreover, sour milk is perfectly fit to consume, I have made use of it many times. When milk is left in open and it curdles, it is turned into paneer and consumed...If you still can't get it, then sorry, I cannot make it any more clearer.

Tried to google, but could not find any relevant information.
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