Posted on: 23 February 2016
While Indian food has a reputation for its powerful punch, there are many dishes that make use of herbs and spices to create an interesting, yet mild flavour. Here are some options to try if you want a less spicy Indian meal.
Dahl is a mild lentil soup or stew that is found at nearly every Indian meal and is a staple of many Indian's diets, including being a common breakfast dish in South-East Asia. Basic dahl is made by boiling lentils in stock, then adding spices to create more flavour. In some cases, vegetables are added to give more texture and body to the stew. As dahl is made slightly differently by each chef, it's always worth asking for the least spicy dahl option and ensuring that your chef doesn't add extra spices. It can be served with rice, naan or roti.
Raita is a mild dipping sauce made from yoghurt and diced cucumber. It is often eaten with naan bread and can be a great option to mix with spicy curry to help damp down the spice factor. It can be a great idea to order some raita to add to any dishes that end up on you plate that seem tasty, yet too spicy to enjoy. It is often served alongside other curries, as a side dish.
Mutter paneer is made with stewed peas and paneer (which is a soft new cheese made with milk curds) with a tomato based sauce, which is flavoured with garam masala, and often also has vegetables such as potatoes or cauliflowers added for extra texture. It is usually served with rice or naan bread. Mutter paneer is a very mild curry that is ideal for the main course, as it is a filling and rich dish.
Finally, if you do get a mouthful of an excessively hot curry, a great way to get the taste out of your mouth is a cooling mango lassi. This cooling 'smoothie' style of drink is great at neutralising spices in the mouth, being made with yoghurt and mango, and is a common way to complete an Indian meal.
Even if you don't enjoy spicy food, Indian restaurants have a range of tasty and interesting dishes to try. If you want to ensure that your dishes are mild, be sure to let the restaurant know your preference, and they'll be able to let you know the house dishes that you might enjoy the most. For more information, contact local Indian restaurants like Royal India Restaurant.Share