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05:15 Feb 24, 2009
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Hindi to English translations [PRO]
Cooking / Culinary / Spice
Hindi term or phrase: Balai
It is used in cooking. I think it's a spice. The word is probably Indian-origin (not sure abt the etymology, but it IS used in Indian dishes).
What is the English for it ? If there is no correct/exact English for this, then can you please descibe it for me ?
Local time: 05:21

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4 +2cream
Lalit Sati



24 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5

milk topping
दूध का ऊपर का हिस्सा, मलाई, क्रीम, पपड़ी, परत

दूध की ऊपरी परत सबसे ऊपर पड़े होने के कारण कहलाई बालाई.. और ध्वनि परिवर्तन के ज़रिये ब का म हो कर कहलाई.. मलाई..

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  • वहीं मुंह का जायका मीठा करने के लिए जाफरानी खीर, शाही टुकड़ा, बालाई, गर्म गुलाब जामुन

    Reference: http://in.jagran.yahoo.com/news/local/uttarpradesh
Local time: 04:51
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Balai or Malai (in Hindi), cream (in English)
1. Boil the milk in a wok (kadhai); add the sugar and cook on low heat, stirring continuously. As the milk simmers a layer of cream will form on the surface. Push this to the side of the wok.

2. Continue pushing the cream on the side till all the milk is converted into cream.

Note added at 2 hrs (2009-02-24 07:39:29 GMT)

BALAI (Cream)

"The word malai is derived from the Persian balai, which means cream of milk."

"Lazeez Lucknow
The city of graciousness and fine dinning has its own breakfast specialties. Balai, or milk cream but not quite that, is a delicacy. Balai (Bala meaning ‘upper) was the name given to the cream by the late 18th century Nawab Asafudaula and continues to be called that."

Lalit Sati
Local time: 04:51
Native speaker of: Native in HindiHindi
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agree  sukirat anand
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