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May 4, 2007 01:20 PM

How to cut spicy soup

Hi there,

I just made a soup that killed me.

I don't know if it was the pepper, or the cumin seeds in addition to the pepper that made this soup spicy. (Cumin isn't supposed to be spicy, right? I normally love cumin on meat.)

Anyway, how can I cut down the spicy?

I added yogurt & maple syrup LOL

It's a potato with onions & yellow split pea puree soup. I tasted it at the Food festival & it wasn't spicy at all, so I'm very disappointed.



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  1. The cumin wouldn't make it spicy, if you used a chile pepper its possible you just got a really hot one. This has happened to me a few times with jalapenos. I'll get a whole batch and one will be 10 times hotter than the rest.

    To remedy you can try a dollop of sour cream or creme fraiche when you serve the soup in the bowl. Or worst comes to worst, make a second batch with no, or very little pepper, and mix the two. Hopefully the spice will balance out between the two versions.

    1. A little sweetness might help to cut it, and some starch will soak it up. Throw it back on low heat. Toss in a few peeled whole carrots and a peeled, halved potato. Let them simmer until they're soft. That should help a bit (not a lot, though - a dollop of sour cream on each bowl will be necessary).

      1. I would add more cooked potato and then chicken stock to thin it to the right consistency. If it's still too hot I'd probably garnish with sour cream or creme fraiche.

        Cumin is not hot. It is "spicy" but not the hot kind of spicy if that makes sense.

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        1. re: jenjunum

          Thanks guys, why am I not being notified of responses : (

          I put yogurt in already. I don't really use sour cream, yogurt is better.

          As I already stated, I put in grand mariner maple syrup & now it's too sweet LOL

          I guess I'll try the carrots maybe. There's already too many potatoes in there.

          I used purple sweet potatoes, if you guys have ever heard of that b4 : )

          Thanks & have a great wknd.!