soften by soaking in liquid
You need to macerate some foodstuffs before cooking with them.
macerare (soften, make soft, soak, steep) (Latin)
(Macerate = Mess + rate)Mess food is hard to eat, so mess owners are doing a tact. They are providing the soft food by keeping it in liquid that results in increase of mess rate. MACERATE is like MASTICATE - we chew food, allow the glands (liquid) to soak the food. macerate sounds like marinate. Marinating chicken or paneer in spices and masala to make them tender. If you over do it, you will end up spoiling it!