Why You Must Never Eat Pani Puri On The Streets Of Mumbai
Pani Puri is considered to be one of the most popular street foods in Mumbai and some other parts of India.
It is basically a Puri that is broken in the center and then dipped into a mixture of ragda, potato, spicy and sweet water (called the Pani).
This Puri filled with the Pani is then served to you one at a time.
I must admit this is a fairly tasty snack especially during the evenings when you are walking along a beach or after a tiring few rounds at the neighborhood park.
However, twice over the years I have received bad news about this particular street food and have therefore stopped eating street foods completely.
Years ago, I would meet up with a close friend of mine (her name was Archie) in a park called Nana Nani Park.
Then after chatting on the bench for an hour or two we would leave the park. At the corner of this park was this Pani Puri Walla.
He would come there around 5.30pm each evening and set up his little cart at the corner of the park.
He would then cut the onions and potatoes for the entire evening in one go. He would use the same knife to stir the spicy water and tamarind chutney used for the Pani.
He would always wipe his hands on the same cloth after everything that he did.
Around 30 minutes later he would be ready to start selling his Pani Puri, Shev Puri and Bhel Puri to the hungry customers who would come to the park or pass it by.
Archie would usually stop for a Pani Puri at this guy's stall and then head home.
I would not like to eat this man's foods because it just seemed too yucky and not so hygienic if you know what I mean.
One day, while we were about to enter the park we saw something that made Archie quit eating Pani Puri forever.
We saw the Pani Puri guy running to the side of the road while he was serving Pani Puri to a young school girl who was busy eating it while she was chatting away on her cell phone.
The Pani Puri guy excused himself after serving her 3 out of the 6 Pani Puris and went to the side of the road where a gutter was flowing. He then lifted up his Dhoti and peed in the gutter.
Then he came back to his street stall, wiped his hands on the same old cloth he used all evening and continued serving the Pani Puris to the little girl.
The school girl had no idea what he had done since she was so busy chatting on her phone but since we were walking along that side of the road we saw everything that had just happened.
The next evening, the same Pani Puri walla had a bandage on his fingers with blood stains on it.
Once again, he was busy cutting onions, potatoes, coriander leaves and wiping his fingers and hands on the same old cloth he always used for this purpose.
It was obvious that tiny molecules of his blood were being transferred onto those Puris and other food items he was preparing.
If you don't believe this story then it's purely your fault if something bad happens to you because of eating such street foods.
Please remember that these Pani Puri wallas do not even carry a soap with them.
So the next time you find the Pani Puri to be extra tasty it might not be the Pani that is working the magic.
Then, just today evening, I learned that the Puris themselves are a serious health problem if you consume them that is.
My friend told me that she had watched a program on TV today which showed how the Puris were fried using the same oil for 3 to 5 months. The cameras showed the darkness of the oil that was used to fry these Puris.
Anyway, I know how some of you girls and guys like Pani Puri and such stuff. But please do not ever have it again since these are just few of the risks that come along with those 6 Puris.
I find it shocking that people don't have much of a clue about the huge number of Hepatitis and HIV/AIDS cases that Indians suffer from. In fact, the number of such cases is now the largest in the entire continent and second in the world.
Be careful when you eat food items outside. I have worked for 1 year in 5-star hotel kitchens and know how dirty even their foods can be. But I will share my knowledge on that in a future post.
Please stop eating Pani Puri and other similar street foods from today. You will do yourself a huge favor by doing so.
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