On What to Eat and What Not to Eat in India


Eating South India Food in Delhi

Eating lunch with friends from Save the Children’s Delhi office.

I have three international trips in the pipeline this year- Tanzania, South Africa and India. I have had the most amazing time in Africa – every single visit. India, however, is the only country I have visited where I have been insanely sick and so I am a little preoccupied (more like worried) about what I am going to eat in India for a full two weeks in November.

I will travel throughout the country with Water for People at the end of the year. If you haven’t heard the news, I will be going to India with Water for People after winning their Blogger Out to Change the World contest.

Some of the best food I have ever eaten in my entire life was in India. I couldn’t get enough spice! I couldn’t get enough of the kadai paneer. I couldn’t get enough of the delicious chicken and vegetables. It was a foodie heaven. Sometime during my visit to Delhi I also consumed a parasite. I didn’t get rid of that pesky parasite until two weeks after being home. “Delhi belly” really isn’t a joke, friends. I haven’t been that sick in a very long time and now I am little scared of being that sick again. Thankfully, I was only debilitated the last day in Delhi as well as during my flight from Delhi to Bahrain. As soon as I landed in Bahrain I was able to eat again. Food didn’t look repulsive like it had the previous 24 hours.

The food in India is so ridiculously good you want to eat as much as you can, but there is always this heightened chance that it’s not going to settle quite right. Even though this post is titled, On What to Eat and What Not to Eat in India, I actually have no idea what the answer is. I think it just all depends on the person and their stomach.

Like I mentioned I will be in India for a few weeks so I am already checking off all of the medications I will take with me. I learned a few things from Nicole Melancon who was well-stocked on our trip to Delhi. Usually I just roll the dice when I travel and don’t take medications at all. That is definitely going to change this time when I am in India.

Have you been to India? Did you avoid getting sick? How did you do it?

5 thoughts on “On What to Eat and What Not to Eat in India

  1. Great post Jennifer! And to think my dad had a big for over a month after we went to India and almost died! We both got sick but I had the antibiotic with me and tips immediately, he did not. I now meet leave home without it. I can’t wait to follow you on your next journeys!!!!!!!

  2. I am sorry, but eat in good places, thats the best advise I can give you. Eat at rated restaurants.
    Where in India are you going to be in? I have heard so much about you from Jennifer and have followed part of your earlier journeys in India through Nicole. Good luck with your trip.

  3. We have been to India – I went while pregnant with my third – and didn’t get sick at all. We brought lots of Purell and made sure we washed our hands all the time – before eating, as soon as we got into the house or car, etc.
    Don’t drink the water (obviously) and make sure your plates and glasses are dry before you eat off of them. Keep your mouth closed in the shower and brush your teeth with bottled water.
    Don’t eat fruit and veggies like lettuce or grapes – stick to things with a thick skin like mangos, pomegranate, cucumbers…
    We ate from nice restaurants and street carts – and we were totally fine!

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