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  • India Street Food Photo Essay
    The millions of food vendors peddling tasty morsels from roadside stalls and rickshaws across India have long been an emblem of the country's boisterous, chaotic spirit.
    But now, Indian officials have a stern message for these often-unregulated roadside chefs: Wash your hands after using the toilet. Don't sneeze into the food. And, above all, please don't pick your nose.
    In this Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 photo, an Indians vendor sprinkles salt on snacks at a roadside stall in Mumbai, India.
    Rajanish Kakade | AP
  • India Street Food Photo Essay
    In this Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 photo, Tejinder Singh, 48, one of 500 vendors who participated in a training session held by Indian food safety officials, serves food to his customers at his roadside eatery in New Delhi, India. Singh said the October training seminar in New Delhi on the basics of food safety and hygiene is an attempt to curtail the infamous "Delhi belly" that has struck down many an adventurous snacker in India.
    Saurabh Das | AP
  • India Street Food Photo Essay
    "A lot of street food guys are not very scrupulous," said Singh, who serves up spicy black lentils known as daal makhani from a stand in New Delhi in this picture. "We are not sons of gods. We have a lot to learn."
    Saurabh Das | AP
  • India Street Food Photo Essay
    Launched by India's Food Safety and Standards Authority and the National Association of Street Vendors of India, the seminar offered a primer on safe drinking water and disposable gloves, along with a list of food-handling do's and don'ts.
    Number one on the forbidden list? Don't pick your nose. Also banned are cleaning one's ears, smoking while handling food and spitting into the wash basin or sink.
    In this Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 photo, Indian roadside food vendors prepare snacks in Kolkata, India.
    Bikas Das | AP
  • India Street Food Photo Essay
    Many Indians already have ways of finding the freshest and most succulent chaat, the small plates of savory snacks sold on the streets.
    Dharm Singh, an 18-year-old high school student in New Delhi, said he only goes to places recommended by others and where there are no flies on the food.
    In this Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 photo, Indians wait for deep fried snacks at a roadside stall in Mumbai, India.
    Rajanish Kakade | AP
  • India Street Food Photo Essay
    Singh also pays special attention to where the vendors wash their utensils. He learned that lesson the hard way, through a brutal stomach infection he contracted by eating chole bhature, a dish of spicy chickpeas, from a vendor who used dirty dishes.
    "He washes his utensils right next to the sewer," said Singh, who was tucking into a plate of lentils, cucumbers and warm bread known as roti on a recent afternoon. "I was sick for a week." In this Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 photo, visitors buy street food from a vendor at a local fair in Sonepur, India.
    Saurabh Das | AP
  • India Street Food Photo Essay
    In this Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 photo, a woman fries food at a street food joint in Sonepur, India.
    Saurabh Das | AP
  • India Street Food Photo Essay
    In this Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 photo, fish are displayed to attract customers at a street food joint in Sonepur, India.
    Saurabh Das | AP
  • India Street Food Photo Essay
    In this Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 photo, a man waits for his food at a street food joint in Kolkata, India.
    Saurabh Das | AP
  • India Street Food Photo Essay
    In this Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 photo, a street side food vendor chews tobacco as he prepares kebabs in New Delhi, India.
    Saurabh Das | AP
  • India Street Food Photo Essay
    In this Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 photo, a cook uses his hand to release pieces of chicken into hot oil at a street side food joint in New Delhi, India.
    Saurabh Das | AP
  • India Street Food Photo Essay
    In this Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 photo, Indians enjoy food spread out on a table by a road at a street food joint in New Delhi, India.
    Saurabh Das | AP
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