There are ways to restore a dish from spicy to mild. Picture: Supplied
There are ways to restore a dish from spicy to mild. Picture: Supplied

Food too spicy? Here’s how to fix it

By Lutho Pasiya Time of article published May 20, 2020

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There are times when you get a little excited about adding a certain spice to your food to bump up the heat, and then boom - you have gone too far. 

Spicy food can be a little too hot to handle if you’re not accustomed to it. If the dish becomes a little spicier or hotter than you like, that does not mean you should start all over, and cook the dish from scratch.

There are ways to restore a dish from spicy to mild.

Chef Andrea Lynn gives tips on how to tone down spicy food when your palate is saying no more. 

There are ways to restore a dish from spicy to mild. Picture: Supplied

Depending on what the dish is, use other ingredients to tone down the heat.

If it's a soup, add more broth or stock. Stir in more rice into a stir-fry or canned tomatoes or beans into chilli.

Dairy combats heat in your mouth.

So turn to it when trying to bring down the spice of a dish. Whether it's milk, sour cream, or yogurt, incorporate as much of it as you can until the spice has calmed down.

There are ways to restore a dish from spicy to mild. Picture: Supplied

Some people swear nut butter can cut through the excess heat of a dish.

If it's appropriate for the dish, try stirring in a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter, almond butter, tahini, etc.

Acid can cut through the heat.

Use vinegar, lemon juice, lime juice - whatever you can find that is acidic and won't tamper with the A spoonful of sugar can also go a long way in neutralizing the spice. Proceed with caution, so you don't end up with a massively sweet product. Sugar may be used best in combination with an acid other than flavours of the entrée. 


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