Beating eggs nicely?

#1 Jul 2nd, 2013, 17:15
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On our recent trip to India Madame W picked up a number of cookbooks. One of them is "The Art of South Indian Cooking" by Aroona Reejhsinghani. She frequently uses the term 'nicely' as in 'beat eggs nicely' and 'mix nicely until smooth' (both in a Mysore Egg Halwa recipe).

Does anybody know what she means by nicely?
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What's Madame W going to do when she gets to the bit about grated jaggery?

I actually have this instruction in a number of recipes (and not from Indian cookbooks). FWIW I have always taken this to mean "well but gently".

So, for instance, if it were egg whites, aim for soft peaks, not firm, and definitely not stiff.
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I guess she means "well". (cross-posted with Dr. Rudi)
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Originally Posted by DrRudi View Post What's Madame W going to do when she gets to the bit about grated jaggery?
She's presently reading them for their entertainment value and so she can pick holes in the stuff on Rick Stein's BBC show.

Thank you both for the response. I shall pass this on.
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I have only heard of husbands and wives beating each other nicely.

Funny piece of [south-]Indian English --- but quite common. Sadly.
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Put nicely after everything....beat eggs nicely, cut vegetables nicely etc thereby when the dish does not come out good, everything can be blamed on you for not doing things nicely.

The recipe was fantastic, you sucked at doing things nicely!
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This is a cracking good yoke, Dave!

Just did a google search and came up with a recipe (Indian) requesting "Beat eggs very nicely".

This leads me to believe that "nicely" is indeed a synonym for "well". Oh well....
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Perhaps the meaning changes with whatever it is you are dealing with, in some cases, no lumps, and in others, ingredients well mixed...so on and so forth..
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Are they called that because they are made of nicely beaten eggs and similarly kneaded dough?
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No, they are called that because your niece made them.
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Are they called that because they are made of nicely beaten eggs and similarly kneaded dough?
Actually the problem lies in the fact that we think in our mother tongue and speak or write in English, so a part of our thoughts get lost in translation.
The Indian language (most Indian languages, I presume) equivalent is "well ", but generally being the "nice" people, that we are, we tend to use the word "nice" fairly across the board and that creates a problem for unsuspecting westerners !

For those of us whose mother tongue is not Hindi, and they are actually a majority, the problem is even more acute, a lot gets lost in translation, the only saving grace is that such conversations are normally non serious.
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Don't over-beat. That's nicely.

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