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#61 Nov 22nd, 2018, 00:54
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Originally Posted by rajaajay View Post Why worried? I just want to make sure I have all my questions answered before i go...so no meed for concern for me. I’m aware of traffic and pollution etc but i’m very excited and not worried about air or land travel anymore. It will certainly be an adventure! My only concern is just making sure I know what’s safe to eat and what isn’t, and I have zero questions about it anymore. Why are you concerned that i shouldn’t go? this is not an option for me as i’ve said before this is a trip of a lifetime and as i’m not a wealthy person this may be my only chance to go. nothing is going to stop me from going!

I am glad that you are in a positive frame of mind about this. You will be fine and have a very nice trip...

Food wise - the main thing to be careful about is water. You will come across situations where the water is "safe" from an Indian point of view (filtered water). Don't use it. Ideally - used safe water (bottled/boiled) for brushing your teeth. Pre-cut salad etc. is not good. Feel free to buy and eat fruit that you yourself wash. You are fine to take the most other things are fine. Paneer is a bit of gray area - as Vaibhav says. It should be fine in cooked food - but not raw/uncooked.

The only time I am cautious with things like paneer is if I am heading into the mountains and will not have any access to medical facilities / pharmacies (chemists), etc. In your case, you will have medical facilities - doctors (that you can see the same day), even the pharmacies (chemists) are fine. So, if you do catch something - it'll be easily addressed.
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Originally Posted by kmalik View Post I am glad that you are in a positive frame of mind about this. You will be fine and have a very nice trip...

Food wise - the main thing to be careful about is water. You will come across situations where the water is "safe" from an Indian point of view (filtered water). Don't use it. Ideally - used safe water (bottled/boiled) for brushing your teeth. Pre-cut salad etc. is not good. Feel free to buy and eat fruit that you yourself wash. You are fine to take the most other things are fine. Paneer is a bit of gray area - as Vaibhav says. It should be fine in cooked food - but not raw/uncooked.

The only time I am cautious with things like paneer is if I am heading into the mountains and will not have any access to medical facilities / pharmacies (chemists), etc. In your case, you will have medical facilities - doctors (that you can see the same day), even the pharmacies (chemists) are fine. So, if you do catch something - it'll be easily addressed.
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OK, OK, I admit it. I didn't know that anybody are raw paneer.

And now that I do, it is not going to affect me much, because I am highly unlikely to join them!
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Originally Posted by kathill View Post I agree -- chai is safe, but utensils may not be. Carry your own lidded to-go cup. (Also better for the environment.) Every eatery has a handwashing sink of some sort where you can clean it.
Someplace there is a great essay about rating food establishments in India by observing how many rags are in use for the griddle, the tables, the hands, the floor, the baby, the dogs. Below the 3-rag level it's best to eat elsewhere.
In the US one judges roadside diners by how many trucks are in the parking lot and how many calendars are on the wall (the more, the better).
Importance of untensils cannot be emphasised enough.

The only ear infection I have had, never had one as a baby, was from a contaminated cup.

I decided to have some tea at a road stall. I offered to pay twice the asking price for a cup of tea to have my cup rinsed in boiling water. As we all know that a watched pot never boils, I must have looked away for a moment or two although I had planned to watch the chaiwala all along. When I reminded the chaiwala again to rinse my cup in boiling water, he said he already had. I believed him although I wasn't sure that he had rinsed the cup. I had a severe sore throat the following morning. The sore throat turned into an ear ache by the morning that followed sore throat. By the time I saw a doctor in the evening, I could not even turn my head without a shooting pain in my ears.
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Originally Posted by rajaajay View Post is paneer ok to eat? i’ve heard yes and no
Paneer is Ok to eat if it has not gone bad.

One bite of shahi paneer, which tasted funny, gave me moderately severe case of Delhi belly.
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Originally Posted by Yaatri View Post Paneer is Ok to eat if it has not gone bad.

One bite of shahi paneer, which tasted funny, gave me moderately severe case of Delhi belly.
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).
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should i bring my own disposable cups for chai or is that going overboard?
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Originally Posted by Yaatri View Post Paneer is Ok to eat if it has not gone bad.
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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.
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?
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Part of the reason for the funny taste is an incorrect cooking method for shahi paneer, often employed by restraunteers looking for a short cut. They don't fry the paneer before adding it to gravy!

ETA: #67- seriously ???
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ya seriously...i read asher fergussons book and he recommended doing it...no reason to be rude
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Is chai safe to drink in India?

Rajaajay, you are in danger of spoiling the entire experience here.

If you don't spend at least one day during on the toilet and holding a bucket... You haven't been to India!

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I've carried around my own steel tumbler before for chai on the go and I had the means to make it myself as well. Used to be sometimes you would look down from a train platform and nearly all but the tracks would be covered in plastic chai cups. But carrying around ones own paper cups out of a sense of concern of contamination is a bit to much me thinks.
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oh i’m sure it’ll happen anyway lol
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Originally Posted by rajaajay View Post ...no reason to be rude
I'm not being rude.

If I told you to stay home and eat in your mums kitchen then that might be borderline.....
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well it is rude...i read that other people had done it so i asked a simple question
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