Salt is your best friend when preparing dishes. It helps you in enhancing the flavours of that bland curry or soup. Now, adding salt to bring out the flavours may be your first instinct but what happens once you’ve spent so much time on the dish and you have just accidentally added too much salt to it! The first thing that comes to your mind is PANIC especially if you are just a complete rookie in making dishes! Well, all you need to do is calm down and relax because over-salted foods can be rescued for the most part.
Below is a quick list of things you may want to do to save your dish from a disaster.
1) Add potato
Potatoes are believed to act as a sponge which can absorb that extra salt which you may have accidentally incorporated in your dish. They can help in desalinating your dish. Potatoes are extremely rich in starch so they are great in absorbing salt. If you want to give this a try, all you have to do is simply peel a large potato and cut it in half, then add it to your curry. Let it sit for around 10 minutes then remove the potato before serving your dish.
2) Add Chapatti dough
In order to soak up the extra salt in your dish, adding Chapatti dough is a great option! Just add a few dough balls into the dish and bring it to a boil for about 3 to 4 minutes. Once it has been brought to a boil, turn off the heat and let it sit for around 6 to 7 minutes then you can remove the dough. If chapatti dough is not at hand then any flour dough could work, as long as it is not a crumbly dough which would crumble once added into the dish.
3) Add yoghurt or coconut milk
Indian curries are generally made with yoghurt or coconut milk so it will not be out of character to add this to your dish at all! Both of these do an extraordinary job in balancing out the saltiness of your foods. All you need to do is just add 2 to 3 tablespoons of yoghurt or coconut milk into the dish and cook it over a low heat. Then serve and enjoy!
4) Sauté vegetables
Many Indians use a method called ‘tarka’ which is when any vegetables are heated in either oil or ghee before adding to the dish. All you need to do is grab either onions, garlic or any ground spices and sauté them separately before adding them to the dish. Honestly, this method works like magic! Be sure to sauté the vegetables first as adding them in raw could really spoil the wonderful flavours of your dish.
5) Double the recipe
If you’ve got enough ingredients, doubling the recipe is a great option. Don’t fear doubling the recipe, thinking that you may not finish all the food as it can be perfect for your next day’s lunch. Just stick it in the fridge and warm it up the next day! SIMPLE!