6 ways to cool down spicy food

We’ve all been there: eating a seemingly harmless dish and bam… there’s the heat. It feels like your tongue is on fire and if you’re not a big fan of spicy food, it can feel like the meal is ruined. But a hot dish doesn’t have to stay like that. In fact, there are few easy ways to stop yourself breaking out in a sweat and skolling cups of water or milk.

Sometimes it can be your mistake or someone else’s but either way, here’s how to stop the fire in your mouth and on your plate.

1. Acid

Before you try anything else, try acidic products to cool down the dish. Add citrus first (lemon or lime is fine) otherwise add a dash of vinegar and taste.

2. Peanut butter

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It sounds odd but another proven method is to add a spoonful of peanut butter to your meal and mix thoroughly.

3. Sugar

They say sugar and spice go together and it’s true. Add in a teaspoon at a time until the dish is less spicy. Be careful not to add too much as it can ruin a dish, even more so than a hot one.

4. Veges

Mask that spice with some shredded veges. Carrots and potatoes work well and soak up the hot spices.

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5. Dairy

Some people swear by a glass of milk for a hot mouth and the same thing applies for a too-hot meal. Stir in a spoonful of yogurt, sour cream, milk or coconut milk and taste. Cheese can also help.

6. More liquid

If the above didn’t work and you have a sauce or soup on the heat, then your last resort is to add more liquid. Add a scoop of stock at a time to disperse the spices.

And if it’s in your mouth – water has been proven to be the most effective method of relieving that on-fire feeling.

Tell us, do you know of any other ways to calm down spices in a dish?