TRIBAL FOOD CULTURE IN INDIA
While collecting firewood, tribals have historically eaten tubers, various wild leafy plants, wild fruits, and wild grain, among other foods harvested from the forests. It was mainly seasonal fish and crabs for nonvegetarians, which they find in nearby waterbodies. The tribals have missed out on the vegetables, but the fish and crabs are still common. One of the main reasons being that they have lost contact with the jungles, which has resulted in a decrease in the selection of indigenous foods. Furthermore, weekly markets are becoming increasingly open to them, introducing them to junk food such as vada pav and bhel. As a result, their conventional diet, which meets their dietary requirements, is slipping behind.