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Brathering refers to a traditional dish from Germany made from fresh Herring (green Herring) which are cleaned (with head and guts removed), filleted , dusted with flour or floured and fried and then pickled in vinegar marinade.

Brathering literally means "fried Herring". But a Herring can only be called "Brathering" when the Herring is fried then marinated in vinegar

Brathering is served cold usually with Bratkartoffel (cooked and fried potatoes with slices of onions), or with newly baked Brötchen, a German bread or buttered toast and green vegetable salad. 

Below is a picture of Brathering (on the right side) which is served in a Restaurant in Bremen serving traditional foods from North Germany. This Restaurant also serves another traditional food called Labkaus.

Beetroot Achar/Achaar refers to pickles made of Beetroots. One of the vegetables available in Kerala, India which they made into pickles. Like in any other Achar which I already featured here. Beetroots are cut into small pieces and cooked with lots of spices, Red and Green Chili Pepper, Vinegar, Salt and Curry leaves. (Please see related article on Achar/Achaar for the spices used for making Achar).

Below is a picture of Beetroot Achar prepared by my my Aunt Lily in Allepey, Kerala, India. It is a mixed of spicy (from Red Chilies) and sweet taste of Beetroot. I love Beetroots and I intend to also prepared Beetroot Achar here in Germany, as soon as my order for fresh Curry leaves arrive. 


Badam Milk refers to a warm beverage from India made with almond meal (roasted/blanced and grinded almond),  Sugar, Cardamom powder and Saffron. Badam Milk can also be sweetened with Jaggery or Honey. 

Although it is mostly serve warm, some people likes them served cold.

Badam is the Hindi word for Almond.

Pictures below is a warm Badam Milk sold as street food in the heart or center of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu at night time.

Please see Article on Badam Milk  being sold in the night as street food in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, another southern state of India

A street vendor using a special pot/pan for making Badam Milk and with special technique to serve it.
A street vendor using a special pot/pan for making Badam Milk and with special technique to serve it.

Hot Badam Milk with sugar toppings
Hot Badam Milk with sugar toppings

Banana Fry refers to a snack in Kerala, India made of ripe bananas/plantains dip in batter then deep-fried in coconut oil.

Banana Fry is also called Pazham Porichathu,  Pazham Pori, Ethakka Appam or Ethakkappam. 

 Banana Fry

Banana Fry is very similar to the Philippines banana fritters called Maruya. In other Asian cities, like Thailand, they also have the same snack sold by street peddlers or in tea shops  much like in the Philippines and India. 

There are many varieties of bananas grown and harvested in Kerala, but the best variety of banana used for making Banana Fry is known as Nenthra Pazham or Etha Pazham, the ripe ones. Several dishes, mostly sweets may be cooked using this variety of plantain/banana, such as Nenthra Pazham Payasam.

Please see Nenthra Pazham or Etha Pazham in another article. 

Banana Fry


Variety stores selling assorted snacks, including Banana Fry

 Picture above is one of the Chaya Kada or Teashops in Allepey, Kerala, India selling different varieties of snacks, including of course Banana Fry. They are available everyday.

Thailand's Banana Fry as street food

Picture above is Thailand's version of Banana Fry. 

Personal Note: Although I love my country's (Philippines) version of Banana Fry, the Kerala's Banana Fry is much more delicious, basically I think, it is because they are fried in coconut oil which is the cooking oil used in Kerala. It is much more tasty and I can eat a lot of it and survive the whole day travelling around, just eating them. Besides, in every street corners, there are shops selling Banana Fry, very convenient.

Below was my picture taken in Munnar, Kerala, India buying Banana Fry for my snacks and dinner.

me and my favorite Banana Fry

Beef Masala refers to a popular dish from Kerala, India made from slices of beef cooked with onions and other spices such as black mustard seeds, Masala powder and curry leaves.

Beef Masala is usually one of the dishes cooked during special occassions and during Sundays.

In Allepey, Kerala, India, a kilo fresh beef is cheaper than a kilo of fresh chicken, so on Sundays when almost all members of the family are present, the housewives cook Beef Masala. 

Pictures below are different versions of Beef Masala cooked by various housewives in Kerala, south of India.

The 2 pictures above is Beef Masala served with slices of fresh tomatoes, onions and Muluku chilis and fresh curry leaves

Below is the picture of the Beef Masala I tasted in one of the Homestays in Munnar which I have eaten with rice. I wanted to show the curry leaf which made Masala dishes and all other South Indian dishes very delicious.


Beef Cutlet is one of the foods from Kerala, India which is made from finely chopped or ground beef, with mashed potatoes and spices, then rolled into flour and egg, then deep fried.

Cutlet made from meat and fish is Kerala's version of Croquetes. 


Beef Cutlet from Kerala, India
Deep-fried Beef Cutlet from Kerala, India.

Below is the raw version of Beef Cutlets rolled into flour, visible are chopped onions and chopped green chilies, the 2 ingredients used in Kerala to make Cutelts be it meat or fish.


Raw Beef Cutlets before Deep-Frying in Coconut Oil, used in Kerala, India for cooking their dishes
Raw Beef Cutlets before Deep-Frying in Coconut Oil, used in Kerala, India for cooking their dishes

Picture below is my family friend from Allepey, Kerala, India preparing and cutting her raw beef to make Beef Cutlets

 Gracy preparing the beef to make Beef Cutlets

Gracy preparing the beef to make Beef Cutlets