Indian dishes are known for being hot and spicy. Though not all Indian dishes burn one’s tongue, most of them indeed does offer a fiery kick within the mouth. Hotness and spiciness are trademarks of Indian cuisine so if you are to enjoy some authentic dishes, never be afraid to try out some chilli-flavored foods. Here are some tips to eating hot and spicy Indian dishes.
The people of India have tongues that are tolerant to spicy dishes simply because they have grown accustomed to them. People are not born ready for the spicy blast that most Indian dishes offer. So if you want to be able to handle curries and other Indian dishes, you have to let your tongue adapt slowly to spicy dishes. You can always start with something mild – spicy but tolerable. As the days pass by, you can increase the level of spicy food you eat. Increase the hotness level whenever you feel like it. Do not force your tongue to adapt to quickly. Give it some time or else you would injure it.
If you are to try a new spicy Indian dish and you have no idea on how your tongue would be able to handle it, it would be nice to have a glass of milk at bay. Once you feel a stinging sensation with your tongue, you can just drink milk to cool it down. Milk is more powerful in relieving a burnt tongue than water. This is because milk has some chemicals that disable the ‘hot’ chemicals chillies possess. Yogurt can also be a great solution for a slightly surprised tongue. A great dessert that relieves a burnt tongue is Raita. It is a sweet treat made of homemade yogurt and mildly spiced carrots and cucumbers.
Indian dishes, no matter how hot and spicy some of them can be, really taste great. In fact, Indian cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines all over the world. So if you ever get to eat at an Indian restaurant, make sure you savor and enjoy every spoonful. Eating slowly can help you deal better with the capsaicin – these are the spicy chemicals that come from chillies. So basically, if you eat slowly, not only would you be able to enjoy the food better but you would not be so much affected with the hotness and spiciness of what you are eating. Some of the spicy foods that are best eaten slowly include the Jal Frazie and the Chili Chicken Masala.
Sometimes, the strength of the spice would just have to be diluted especially if your tongue is not yet accustomed to the tasty and spicy dishes of India. One of the best things to do would be to simply dilute the spicy foods with other dishes. Soup is a great suggestion. Indian cuisine is known for so many great soups for you to try. One good example is the vegetable shorba. It is soup that consists of numerous garden vegetables and herbs. If you love meat, then you would want to try out the meat shorba. Other delicious, steamy soups for you to try include the sweet corn vegetable soup, the spinach soup, and the chunky tomato soup among numerous others.
Aside from foods that dilute the spice, you can also opt for the ones that absorb it. Rice-based dishes are often eaten with very hot dishes because of their great spice absorbing capability. Rice not only absorbs the spice but it gives the tongue receptors a different flavor to focus on. Some of the most popular rice-based dishes in Indian cuisine include the pea pulao, the chicken shahjahani biryani, and basmati pulao. These are made with basmati rice, one of the best-tasting rice varieties throughout the world. Tandoori breads, which are a trademark of Indian cuisine, can also be great side-dishes to very spicy foods.
It is always a good idea to conduct research on Indian cuisine especially if you are just to be exposed to it. Know the names different kinds of dishes and what is in them. For those who want to take on a challenge, the spiciest Indian dishes out there would be the phall, tindalooo, madras, and vindaloo Do not be afraid to expose your tongue to hotness and spiciness. If you want to make sure on whether a certain dish is very hot or not, you can always ask your server. And do not worry if you cannot take the spiciest Indian dishes in the restaurant. Indian cuisine is rich and diverse when it comes to food flavors.
So how about it? Are you ready to take on the taste bud-satisfying dishes that Indian cuisine can offer? Drop by the Chutney Cuisine of India that serves up Kelowna’s best Indian food!