The hotness of chili can vary. When cooking, the result can be unpredictable, at times making the food too hot for comfort. Adding extra ingredients to your food or serving it with a drink that neutralizes the spicy food, you can still enjoy your meal.
Even though you can’t take out the spiciness once it’s in a dish, there are things you can do to tone it down so the food doesn’t go to waste. Here are some of our favorite ways.
1. Add more ingredients
The easiest way to tone down a dish that’s too spicy is to add more ingredients to lessen the proportion of the spicy element. You can add more onion ,tomatoes,potatoes or starch.
2.Add a sweetener
Sugar or other sweeteners add a different element of flavor that can tame spiciness. But don’t end up adding more sweet as it will become Desert.
To counteract spiciness, a lot of dishes use a liberal amount of acid from citrus, vinegar, or even ketchup.A spoonful can really do wonders to balance out and counteract the spiciness.
4. Add dairy
Dairy is great at counteracting spiciness and can add a nice cooling effect. You can add milk, sour cream,coconut milk or even a dollop of plain yogurt over each serving, but beware of adding and then cooking the dairy over higher heat, as it may curdle.
5. Nut Butter
If the flavors are compatible—maybe an Asian noodle dish like pad thai—try stirring in some tahini, peanut or almond butter. The fat content in nut butters can help extinguish the flame.
6.Serve with Starch
Offer something neutral in flavor to temper the spiciness of your meal. Pasta, rice, bread, couscous, or grains are all good choices to serve with a spicy main.
How to prevent it: To prevent making an overly spicy dish in the future, be sure to add just a little bit at a time, and taste as you go. Don’t measure out spices over the dish to prevent them from spilling. If using hot peppers, taste a little bit first to get a sense of how hot it is.