It only took me 9 months to try it……
Street food in Delhi is a very tricky thing. A lot of it looks fantastic – but if you have ever experienced Delhi Belly, you are what we would call l.e.e.r.y.
The general rules are:
Never buy water unless you are v.e.r.y. sure it is in a new and never been opened bottle
Stay away from anything raw – including veggies
Leafy foods like lettuce and hard-to-clean foods like broccoli – don’t even bother
Anything cooked in (very) hot oil might be okay, but be sure it is very recently cooked
Meat might be a risk – even cooked
Suspend your expectation of cleanliness
Flies might be a garnish – just consider them protein.
Even given all of that, it is hard not to be tempted. Even as a not very adventurous eater, I have been curious.
So, I finally did it – with the encouragement of some friends.
This guy makes cookies. They are in a pan under this container of coal.
I asked him to take the coal off so I could get a picture of the cookies baking. He looked at me like I was such a rookie. He shrugged his shoulders as if to say “don’t you know, you never open a hot oven while baking something in it?” But he did it – just so you could see. They were yummy. Just like a sugar cookie. Watch out Emeril Legasse and Martha Stewart.