What's the difference, if any, between "verser en pluie" and "verser lentement"?

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Verser lentement describes the flow (the amount of product poured per unit of time is low) while verser en pluie describes how it is poured, in that case to as large a surface of the pan as possible.

You can verser en pluie relatively quickly if you move the bag fast enough and you can verser lentement but not en pluie if you don't move the bag at all.

In the couscous case it's probably wise to do both: lentement and en pluie.


In my understanding, you could verser lentement but still in big batches (imagine holding a bag of flour slightly tipped).

En pluie though, you pour mainly small elements like a rain. This way you keep the mix homogeneous and avoid forming grumeaux -the nigthmare of any well accomplished housewife ;-).

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    +1 because I don't want to take your English into account, I hope you will replace "housewife" by a more generic term (e.g., but cook can do the trick...)
    – None
    Commented May 28 at 8:32
  • @None 'housewife' est une blague en mode famille-parfaite-des-années-50.
    – XouDo
    Commented May 28 at 10:06
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    Your answer doesn't read like a joke!
    – None
    Commented May 28 at 11:09

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