Here are some ingredients for a a sheek kebab recipe. Which of these acts as the acid component of the marinade?

onion, lentil flour, green chilli, salt, garlic, ginger, herbs: fenugreek, fresh coriander, spices: cumin seed,coriander podwer, crushed chilli, chilli powder, garam masala(cinnamom, cloves, ginger, star anise, cumin, chilli, fennel, black pepper, bay leaves, sun. oil, nutmeg, cardamom).

  • This reads like a culinary school homework question.
    – dbmag9
    Aug 6 '18 at 18:26
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    The chiles will have a little, but nothing there is a strong acid like lemon or vinegar. Aug 6 '18 at 18:39
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    This appears to be a rub, not a marinade as there is no liquid listed.
    – Debbie M.
    Aug 6 '18 at 18:56
  • @DebbieM i thought this was considered a marinade but seems it is not, is there a culinary term for rub method id like to research it? Aug 6 '18 at 19:15
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    @dbmag9 not when taken in context of the OPs other sheek kebab perfection quest posts...
    – Spagirl
    Aug 6 '18 at 22:02

I see no acidic elements to your "marinade." Chili pepper (mentioned in the comments) is probably basic, rather than acidic. As written (and as commented on) it sounds more like a rub than a marinade. Both rubs and marinades impart flavor to the surface of proteins. Being acidic is not a requirement of a marinade.

  • Excellent point about the term marinade. The entymology of the word is from "sea". They were originally flavored brines. Aug 6 '18 at 21:28

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