About that chilli burn on your hands…

A while ago, I de-seeded small green chillies for the first time in my life (I never had to do it before because my mum took charge of all things in the kitchen).

De-seeding the chillies was simple. What completely caught me by surprise was the burn that haunted me for HOURS afterward.

The chilli burn I had on both hands was excruciatingly painful and for the next 1-2 hours, I tried various methods:

  • Soap 
  • Oil 
  • Ice
  • Yogurt 
  • Butter 
  • Water

Nothing worked at all.

It was only when my husband came home and asked me to try putting my hands in cooked rice. His logic was that the rice will soak up the chilli oil from my hands. And it did work! I had my hands coated with cooked rice and slowly but surely, the pain eased and the burn started to go away.

Ever since then, I’ve taken extreme care when handling small chillies. I would either wear gloves, or handle the chillies by their top end with one hand, whilst the other hand chops the chillies. I would wash my hands, the knife and cutting board with soap and water immediately after handling chillies.

No more chilli burn!  

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