It happens to all of us at some point. You’ve been a tad too enthusiastic with the curry powder or the chillies, maybe you simply didn’t heed the warnings about how hot it is because you know best right? You like spicy food and you’re pretty sure you can handle it? And now your mouth is numb and there are beads of sweat on your forehead from a tiny sample mouthful. Oops. Your dinner guests will probably need medical attention. Fear not, you can still rescue the dish with the following simple tips and tricks.
Dull with Dairy
As most dairy products temper spice try adding a spoon at a time of coconut milk, natural yoghurt, sour cream, milk or a mild cheese.
Depending on what you are cooking you could try adding some citrus such as lemon or lime juice, vinegar, tomato juice or sauce. Even pineapple would help reduce the heat.
Sugar & Spice
Try adding a teaspoon of granulated sugar to the dish or even a tablespoon of honey to counteract the spice. You can even try a squirt of ketchup.
Adding some diced potato or grated carrot is a good way to lower the heat. The sugar in veggies, along with their porosity, can help absorb some of the spice.
Try adding some tahini paste, peanut butter or almond butter. You may be surprised by the results.
Of course you could always just double the size of the dish if you have the ingredients to hand. The heat will be distributed further still. I’d love to know of any further methods to tone down the heat if you have any, let me know in the comments below.