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Old 10-01-2009, 08:56 AM   #1
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How would you say this?

Hallo,
i am searching for the right expression in common English for this:
marinade the paneer in garam masala
paneer is indian cheese in cubes and garam masala is a spice mix,
i am not very good in english but i guess the term ´marinade´refers to let some food rest in liquid, and in the case of the paneer what we want is that this cheese cubes rest in the spice mix and absorb the taste.
How would you say this?
I can put here all the recipe with foto:
Palak paneer
very good with fresh spinach
  • 525 g paneer; 1 cm cubes
    (recipe page 53)
  • 3 big onions, chopped
  • 10 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1˝ kg fresh spinach
    or 800 g frozen spinach
  • 3 cm ginger, chopped
  • 4 chillies, finely chopped
  • 7 tbsp garam masala
    (Indian spice mix)
  • salt
  • oil
  • 600 g basmati rice (recipe page 52)


Marinade the paneer in garam masala.
Fry the paneer with oil in a pan until little brown and start adding the mixed spices.
Keep on frying until good brown and put it aside.
Wash the spinach, cut the stems in small pieces and the leaves in half or quarters. Fry onions, garlic and ginger until golden.
Add spinach, chilli, rest of the mixed spices and salt and cook for about 3 minutes.
Add the paneer and let it cook all together while mixing well.
Serve with basmati rice.

Thank you a lot
ciao
eiasu

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Old 10-01-2009, 09:01 AM   #2
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You did a good job translating.

The marinade is the spice mix. When you combine the marinade with the paneer so the flavors can go into the paneer, you are marinating. You use marinades to marinate foods.

That's the English lesson.


Garam Masala is technically not a marinade. Marinades must contain a liquid as well as the spices.
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Old 10-01-2009, 09:07 AM   #3
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You did a good job translating.

The marinade is the spice mix. When you combine the marinade with the paneer so the flavors can go into the paneer, you are marinating. You use marinades to marinate foods.

That's the English lesson.


Garam Masala is technically not a marinade. Marinades must contain a liquid as well as the spices.
Hallo Andy,
thank for your kind answer,
so i can leave the expression as it is
"marinade the paneer in garam masala"
even if there are no liquids involved.
thany you again
ciao
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Old 10-01-2009, 09:10 AM   #4
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I think the way you already said it will work perfectly. As Andy said, technically to be a marinade there would be liquid (an acidic liquid), but for the sake of getting your point across to your readers everyone will understand what to do with the paneer and garam masala if you say to marinate.
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Old 10-01-2009, 09:13 AM   #5
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I think the way you already said it will work perfectly. As Andy said, technically to be a marinade there would be liquid (an acidic liquid), but for the sake of getting your point across to your readers everyone will understand what to do with the paneer and garam masala if you say to marinate.
Great!
Thank you GB!
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Old 10-01-2009, 09:29 AM   #6
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Maybe you could say:

Coat the paneer with garam masala and allow to rest.

I am confused about

"start adding the mixed spices." Do you mean to say that you shouldn't use all of the garam masala on the paneer initially? Or did you forget some ingredients?


Maybe you meant to say, sprinkle the paneer with (some amount) of garam masala. As you brown the paneer, continue to add garam masala.
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:30 AM   #7
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I think Andy was trying to say that you should say "marinate," which is a verb, instead of "marinade," which is a noun.

If you want a different way to say this, how about something like:
Place the garam masala in a small bowl. Add paneer, toss to coat, and let stand for X minutes/hours.
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Place the garam masala in a small bowl. Add paneer, toss to coat, and let stand for X minutes/hours.
I think this would be a great way to say it.
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Old 10-01-2009, 01:10 PM   #9
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That´s really great,
a lot of support, thank you.
Today i was just cooking this recipe and i also was confused about the amount of garam masala;
it is meant to be used half for marinating (or coating) and the other half afterwards cooking spinach.this i have to specify in the recipe.
So this i have to remember,
marinade
to marinate
;)
I will use the expression from apple*, sounds really good!

Thank you all,
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Old 10-01-2009, 01:14 PM   #10
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Now the recipe looks like this:

Place half of the garam masala in a small bowl. Add paneer, toss to coat, and let stand for at least 39 minutes.
Fry the paneer with oil in a pan until little brown and start adding one quarter of the garam masala.
Keep on frying until good brown and put it aside.
Wash the spinach, cut the stems in small pieces and the leaves in half or quarters. Fry onions, garlic and ginger until golden.
Add spinach, chilli, the rest of the garam masala and salt and cook for about 3 minutes.
Add the paneer and let it cook all together while mixing well.
Serve with basmati rice.
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