How to reduce excess salt in food?

Thu, Jan 28, 2010

For Beginners

I was preparing dal today and my cell rang. While talking over the phone, I didn’t realize how much salt I added to it. When I tasted it (thankfully before serving) I got to know how salty it was.
My immediate thought was, OMG! Now what should I do?

I am sure this must have happened to you some time. So here are some tips of how you can reduce the salty taste in your food.

1. Cut raw potatoes and add them to the food like curries, vegetables, dals or any gravy.
2. For recipes like rice, noodles, spaghetti…add some sugar.
3. If the food to too salty then consider adding one of the main ingredients to it like, some more vegetable, or tomatoes, or boil dal and add it.

Update:

Our author Uma and viewer Prachi suggest -

For gravies, add a few balls of chapati dough (kneaded) to reduce the excess salt, but remember to scoop them out before serving.

Hope this helps.

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8 Responses to “How to reduce excess salt in food?”

  1. uma Says:

    There is one more way to reduce salt in case you have put excess salt in any gravy dish. Make rolls of wheat flour (kneaded for making chappatis) put it in the gravy and boil for some time. It absorbs the excess salt. I have tried it and worked well. Later, you may take out the flour balls.

    Thanks,
    Uma.

  2. Minal Says:

    Thanks for the tip Uma. Will definitely try it (well I hope I don’t put excess salt in first case =) )

    Regards,
    Minal

  3. prachi Says:

    for gravies, u can add a few balls of chapati dough(kneaded) to reduce the excess salt, but remember to scoop them out before serving.

  4. Minal Says:

    Thanks for the tip Prachi!

  5. Maria Says:

    Hello I have made meat karela and its tooo salty…what can I do about it…?? I dont have anymore of the vegitable…anything else can be done?? please help…many thankx..

  6. Minal Says:

    Hi Maria,

    Is it stuffed karela you are talking about? If it is dry, cook few pieces of potato in another vessel under they are almost cooked (still firm). Then transfer these potatoes and your meat karela into a vessel. Stir lightly and let them cook together for few minutes. This should help. You can also try sprinkling little lemon juice or powdered sugar; though this would not reduce the salt content, it will only help in altering the taste. If it is a curry then you can follow the procedure given above.

    Hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Minal

  7. meera Says:

    My cutlets have turned too salty. What do I do to reduce the salty taste

  8. Minal Says:

    Hi Meera,

    I assume you have fried them. There is very little you can do to them after frying. But here are some suggestions,

    1. Boil potatoes, peel, mash and add some flour or bread crumbs to them. Then coat your cutlets with this mixture and fry them again.

    2. Stuff them into bread slices (wet the bread slices for 30 seconds and then press them between your palms to remove the water) to prepare something like bread roll.

    3. Prepare wraps. Knead separate dough for wraps with no salt. Make rotis, spread some mayonnaise (do not use butter as it will contain some amount of salt in it) then add lots of salad like lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, peppers and place your cutlets into these wraps.

    I hope these help.

    Regards,
    Minal


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