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India - SCD in India

Suneeti writes the following to a fellow SCDer headed to India:
I am from India - lived in New Delhi for a long time.
Now for foods available in India - fresh vegetables are available
year-round in the markets. Some are seasonal. BTW, they taste just
delicious - specially the carrots! The metropolitan cities are like any
other well-equipped place in the world as far as meats etc. go.
I personally would not trust any sort of labelling on the products. Buy
only fresh produce and make everything from scratch.
You will find that folks are quite used to making yoghurt at home and you
may even see it available in the stores - DO NOT USE THIS yoghurt - it is
still not fermented according to the BTVC rules - 24 hours, 110 degrees
etc. Buy the milk, take a whole bunch of yogourmet starter packets with
you and make the yoghurt accordingly. I think you have better chances of
finding non-pasteurized, raw milk there, which is much better than the
ultra-pasteurized stuff (I have fond memories of watching the cow being
milked daily in our backyard in Bangalore).
Also the voltage used for appliances in India are the same as in Europe,
not the U.S. I do believe that now the upscale department stores in India
carry pretty much all electric/electronic appliances available in the
Western part of the world, so you may not need to carry the yoghurt maker
with you, but do check just in case (there may not be much of a market for
a yoghurt maker in India - everyone makes it as a matter of routine at
Since you are just starting out on the diet you really should not be
eating any lentils but one of the SCD legal lentils you can get there (red
lentils) is called 'masoor daal'. Do not, of course eat the lentils
prepared by anyone but yourself, because you need to pre-soak the dried
lentils for 6-8 hours and then cook it. Most people do not pre-soak the
lentils. There is quite an abundance of variety in lentils there most of
which are illegal on SCD! You'll find plenty of clarified butter - 'ghee',
which is good for you.
Drink ONLY bottled water! AVOID all salads, cut fruits. NO okra (bhindi)
or drumsticks, since they are a mucilagenous food and therefore illegal,
NO agar-agar, NO bitter-gourd (karela), NO fenugreek seeds (a spice
'maythee' seeds), NO asafetida (another spice 'heeng'), also NO fenugreek
leaves (called just 'maythee') which is available seasonally in the winter
and is very popular there.
You will find lots of squashes which is very helpful specially when
starting the diet: you should find butternut squash, calabaza, pumpkin,
'lauki' which is a long narrow green-colored bottle-gourd (remove its
seeds when you cut it), 'teenda' which is a small apple-shaped light green
squash variety and easy on the digestive system. Not sure if zucchini
(courgettes) are readily available there.
Plenty of spices - always available in their whole form, so you can then
grind them to a powder - I highly recommend this to avoid any possible
'mixtures' in the pre-packaged powders. You can even get whole turmeric
(shaped like the ginger root) and grind it to a powder.
Last warning: Forget eating out! Find a place where you can cook your own
food if on the move.

Originally from the Long Island listserve.

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