A Raita is quite the godsend on occasions. Sometimes I get a little heavy handed with the spice in my Indian curries and end up with in inferno burning in my mouth.
The super cool Raita
Here's a tip! No amount of water is going to help with that situation. You need dairy! Unless you're an American adult-baby who has a glass of milk with dinner you should always serve a yoghurt Raita to accompany the spice.
It's no happy accident that the two work in complete harmony together. Indians figured it our centuries ago. Spice = HOT, Raita = COOL
And it's not just science at play - raita also tastes fabulous. The magic of cucumber (also a cooling agent) and yoghurt is something quite wonderous. Just spoon it over the offending Indian food and it'll knock some of the spice off and taste great along the way.