Even the best of cooks may, at times, find themselves in a situation where a dish ended up being saltier than it should. And for the absolutely amateur cooks, it is a commonplace thing as well. It is incredibly anguishing when this happens, especially when you have cooked with love, for you are expecting guests, and this happens! A most distressful situation, when you find that you don’t have time to cook again, and the only alternative left may be to order from outside. But wait, all is not lost; there are simple tips and tricks that you can try out to serve the guests your dish cooked with love, instead of ordering from out. Here are a few things that you can try out and still make the dish work.
Whenever you are in such a situation, please pray that you have one or two potatoes lying around. Wash, peel and cut the potatoes and place them in your curry, appropriately immersed for about 15 to 20 minutes, and it will soak the extra salt. After the designated time, remove the potato pieces carefully, and try out the taste once and you will be surprised to find that the salt has evened out.
Another option is to use boiled potato cubes, in place of raw potatoes. In this case, you may even choose to leave the potato cubes in the curry, if it suits the scheme of things. Else, you can remove it out just like the raw potato pieces.
Prepare some fresh dough with flour, and make small balls of the dough and place them in the curry, and leave for about twenty minutes, just like the potato slices. Remove the dough balls carefully, once the time is past, and check that the salt has reduced for sure.
Just like potato, you can even cut one onion into big cubes and place them immersed in your dish for about ten to twenty minutes. Take them out after that, and you will see that the dish has evened out the excess salt.
If the dish is one which can take a spoon full of curd, then please blend in the curd, and heat your dish awhile. This will also make sure that the excess amount of salt in the dish is evened out.
Add some water and boil it again, and this happens to be the simplest way to remove salt from a dish. You may choose to add on some thickening agent along with that if you desire, like a bit of cornflour or gram flour, if you feel it goes the taste of the curry, without spoiling it.
If the curry can take a bit of tanginess, please add a teaspoonful of fresh lemon juice to it, and mix it up well. This will ensure a slightly tangy taste and may even improve the overall appeal of the dish.
This is another easy option to remove the excess salt from a dish. Just add in a tablespoon of cream or a bit more even, if you feel so. Blend it in well and heat the curry a bit, and the salt gets evened out, and the dish will become a bit thicker and tastier as well.
If the salt is not much in excess, then you can add a pinch of sugar to balance out the bit of salt. This trick will not work if the dish is excessively salty, as it will not help if the dish becomes overly sweet! In such cases, you may mix a bit of sugar, and vinegar in water and then mix it into the dish, and heat it a bit, to make sure that saltiness is evened out.
Just like lemon juice and vinegar, if the dish can take a tomato, just add some tomato puree or even onion tomato puree and heat the dish. This will help fix the dish.
For gravies, you can even grind fresh coconut and mix the paste into the dish and boil it well. This will give a mild flavour as well as thickness to the gravy.