I have an allergy for sunflower seeds. Are sunflower seeds popular in North Indian food, or is it safe for me to eat whatever is there?
Just sunflower seeds. I am fine with sunflower oil.
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Are sunflower seeds popular in North Indian food?
No. Sesame seeds and mustard seeds are more common.
Is it safe for me to eat whatever is there?
Also no. Just because they're not "popular" doesn't mean they are never used. What kind of allergic reaction do you have to sunflower seeds? If your reaction is mild, then maybe you are willing to risk the unlikely event of your food containing sunflower seeds. But you could always tell the waiter. If you have any sort of serious reaction, then consider the following:
When eating in a restaurant, tell the waiter about your allergy, to make sure there are no sunflower seeds in your dish. If you don't speak the local language, it's better if you get a local to translate this phrase into Hindi or whatever the language is in the region you're going to:
I am allergic to sunflower seeds. It's very important for my health that all food is completely free of sunflower seeds. If I consume sunflower seeds, it can put me in serious danger.
Then print that out, possibly with a small picture of sunflower seeds with a cross over them, and show it to anyone who will be serving you food.
Although you are fine with sunflower oil, other readers should note that sunflower oil is quite common in Indian cooking.
no we prefer mustard oil and sunflower is rarely used (it is costly and we do not have many dishes with sunflower) and you do not have to worry and if we do not use that much in local food and if you are eating in reputed restaurant then menu will have all.
No, Sunflower seeds are not popular and are not used in preparing food in North India
In Northern India, there is a less likely chance of the use of Sunflower Oil or Sunflower Seeds as they are most likely used to Mustard Oil and Seeds.
Although being less probable, one must be cautious enough to mention the issue of allergy prior to ordering food may it be Restaurant or food joints.