Even if you can stomach the hottest curry or chili, it’s good to know the things to eat after spicy food. I like medium hot but sometimes, that after burn just builds and builds and takes away some of the joy of the spicy flavor. If you’ve got curry or chili on your menu, have some of the things to eat after spicy food on hand too.
1. Acid Test
Sounds odd but the acid in foods like tomatoes, pineapples and oranges actually eases the burning sensation from hot, spicy dishes. I found a tomato salad or pineapple & orange juices are easy things to eat after spicy food. Lemon and lime also work well in soothing the alkaline irritant in that pesky capsaicin.
2. Balance the Burn
How many times have you found a spicy meal is just too hot? When you’re using chilies it’s so hard to get the balance right. I also have the problem that if it gets beyond a certain “hotness”, I start to sneeze quite violently. I know however, it’s worthwhile reaching for a ripe avocado pear or banana because their creamy texture and flavor will balance the burn.
3. Carbs Cool Capsaicin
This is one time you can eat carbs without feeling guilty. Carbohydrates stop the active component in chilies (capsaicin) that irritate mouth tissue by making a barrier and taking in some of the burn. It works when you eat starchy foods like potatoes, bread, rice and tortilla.
4. Sweet Relief
One of the tried and tested ways to cool your mouth down after eating hot and spicy foods is quite simply, a teaspoon of honey.
5. Milk It
There’s probably nothing better than drinking a glass of chilled, full cream milk after indulging in a hot Indian curry or Mexican rajas. I can vouch for it; the creamier the milk, the more it dulls the burn.
6. Just a Spoonful of Sugar
If the burn is just too much then a spoonful of sugar kept in your mouth until it dissolves is a quick fix.
7. Peanut Butter
Need another excuse to eat a spoonful of yummy , smooth, creamy peanut butter? Guess what? It‘s on the list of things to eat after spicy foods. Make sure it’s smooth though so it’s nice and soothing on your tongue. And think, if the spicy dish you just ate was a hot satay, you’re keeping the peanut theme perfectly in synch.
8. Don’t Drink the Water
Spicy food is tasty but more heat means more hurt. It’s a common sight to see a glass of ice cold water next to plates and a jug of water and ice cubes on the table. Actually, this is not one of the best ways to cool your mouth down. Water is – just not ice cold water. Tepid water will do a much better job – honestly – trust me!
9. Dairy Queen
Rather than waiting until after your meal to cool down the burn, be clever and order wisely. If you choose cooling dishes to go along side your main, you’ll suffer less pain. If you’re a clever kitten and know your ethnic foods, you’ll notice that many of the things to eat after spicy foods are actually included in the meals. Side dishes in Indian and Middle Eastern meals almost always include things like cooling salads, raitha (yogurt and cucumber) and breads. Indians also finish with sweet milky drinks (lassi) and kulfi (ice cream). Other cuisines liberally use sour cream as a cooling agent.
Now I’ve given you a whole load of things to cool your mouth after eating spicy foods, you’ll be all set to move up to the hotter chilies – yes? I’m sure though I haven’t exhausted the list. Who knows more?