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English: Pickle / Deutsch: Pickle / Español: Encurtido / Português: Picles / Français: Condiment / Italiano: Sottaceto /

Achar which is also spelled as Achaar is the Indian word for "Pickle". There are various Achar being prepared in Kerala, India using different vegetables and fruits, seafoods and fish.

The most popular pickles are Manga/ Kada Manga Achar (Mango Pickles), Naranga Achar (Lemon Pickle), Garlic Pickle. Other kinds of Acgar are: Kakka Erachi Achar (Clam meat pickles), Inji Achar (Ginger Pickles), Beetroot Pickles, Pavakka (Bitter Melon) Achar and a lot more.

We are a team who were born and raised from 2 different sides of the world.. from 2 continents - Asia and Europe. We are a food enthusiasts/foodies, collectors, travelers, culinary researcher; lexicographers and computer/IT specialist, respectively. We are team of a Sociologist, who love to learn the culture of other countries through their cuisine and the meaning of food in their everyday lives and an expert in Computer/Information Technology specialist, which has triggered the project.

The Food Glossary started from long years of collecting recipes, cookbooks, and everything about food and related subjects since I was a teenager, the love for eating, travelling and learning other cultures.

My travels in some countries like Abu Dhabi, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, France, Hong Kong, Thailand, Germany, Spain (Mallorca and Teneriffe), Norway, Netherlands, Philippines, Sweden, Denmark, United States of America (specifically Texas) and India (south of India particularly the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala) also inspired me to make this research and eventually came up with a glossary and later, a blog

I have always been intested about other people and culture and one way to get to know about other culture is to study about their cuisine, how they cook, how they eat and what kind of dish and meals they prepare. Thru this Glossary, I have realized that we really have a small world, our lives are intertwined, we are one, we are only separated by vast oceans. The food of another country can also be found in other countries in just different form, cooked in different way but still the same. Thru my research, I see that geography plays an important role in the cuisine and the kind of food and drink available each country. Likewise, religion (traditions and beliefs) plays a great role in cooking and cuisine.

This website on Glorious Food is not only the beginning of the union of two (2) cultures- European and Asian cultures, but also as an appreciation to a great lady, my mother, Lidwina and my grandfather who worked as a cook, both of them never studied how to cook, but never get tired of cooking, creating and inventing dishes so we can all survive poverty when we were young. Although her father was a cook of a ship when she was a child, my mommy never studied anything about cooking, and she has very few resources, few materials to make a great dish and prepare a great meal, she cook just by looking and observing and never realized that she can cook great Spanish (Tortang Patatas, Morcon, etc)), Filipino (Adobo, etc.) and Chinese (Pancit Bihon, etc) recipes and some disheas she prepares are very similar to the food of other countries, like Italy and Mexico. My mom has always been a mean cook until now that she is old and already blind. This Glorious Food project, I dedicate to her, she has been my inspiration to become who I am today

Gloria in Alllepey, Kerala, India

My picture above was taken in the side streets of Allepey, Kerala, India where varieties of spices are being sold.

Below, the greatest cook of all time, the best Chef I have ever known, my mommy, to whom I dedicate this glossary. Below, enjoying Chinese, Thai and Japanese foods. She is not only a very good cook, she is also a foodie like everyone of us in the family.

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Aval Nanachatu simply known as Aval refers to sweetened flattened or beaten rice called Aval in Malayalam and known as Poha in other Indian languages. The simple recipe is that Aval (Poha) is fried and roasted then cooked with Jaggery, then there is a version where Malar or popped rice and pieces of Kopra (dried meat of coconut) is also added to the mixture then cooked and sweetened with Jaggery.

Aval Nanachatu is a Temple food and distrubuted among the people, so during temple Festival s there are so many specail Avala Nanachatu from the Temple

Aval is the Malayalam wor for flattened or beaten rice flakes. It is called Poha in othe Indian States. In the Philippines, it is popularly known as Pinipig. It is called Reisflocken in German. (Please see related article on Aval).

I prepares Sweetened Aval and it is really good. With just a bit amount of Jaggery, this can be a very healthy snacks or even breakfast with glass of fresh milk and slices of fresh fruits

Pictures below are all Aval Nanachatu distributed to the people in Allepey, Kerala, India from the Temple during one of the many Temple festivals in said the place, Malar and pieces of Coconut meat and its sweetness are clearly seen on the photos. Looks so appetizing!!!

Aval is the Malayalam word for beaten or flattened rice or sweet snacks made from beaten rice and sweetened with jaggery. Also called Poha in other Indian languages.

Sweetend beaten or flattened rice flakes are also called Aval Nanachatu (please see related article on Aval Nanachatu)

Aval is called Pinipig in the Philippines and is one of the ingredients for the famous dessert/ cold snacks from the Philippines called Halo-Halo.

In Kerala, they are usually cooked with jaggery and is one of the traditional Prasadam or Prasad, thefood from the temples in Kerala, India which is being distributed to the people for consumption.

sweetened Aval which came from the Temple
Picture above is sweetened Aval which came from the Temple

Sweetened Aval wrapped in newspaper. This Aval also came from a Temple during a Temple Festival in Allepey, Kerala, India. Malar or popped rice is added to the mixture. This food is called Aval Nanachathu

Aval sweetened with jaggery and eaten with slices of fresh apples
Aval sweetened with jaggery and eaten with slices of fresh apples

In Germany, beaten or flattened rice is called Reisflocken. Below are pictures of Reisflocken which I bought in a Bio Store in Germany. I bought this Reiflocken to try cooking my own version of Aval in Germany which I did, too while on vacation in the Philippines.

- Avial /Aviyal :

Avial is a vegetable curry from the south of India.

A Closer look at Avial below

Moreover, Avial refers to one of the foods from India which is made from mixture of vegetables, coconut paste and green chilies. It is seasoned with a spoonful of fresh coconut oil and some raw curry leaves stirred in immediately after the dish is taken off the stove.

Aviyal is made from assorted vegetables, such as carrots, potatoes, drumstick, beans and others cooked in curd or coconut milk

Avial/Aviyal - Food from Kerala, India

Avial is one of the foods or traditional dishes from Kerala, a state in the south of India and one of the side dishes served included in Sadya. Kerala is famous for producing very good coconut oil and delicious vegetable dishes with coconut milk or cream

Avalose Unda also spelled Avaloseunda or Avalooseunda refers to roasted rice flour balls flavored with Cardamom powder and sweetened by jaggery and made from Avalose Podi, roasted rice flour mixed with fresh grated coconut.

Avalose Unda is also called Avalose Ladoo. It is one of the favorite snacks in Kerala, India, but also one of the Christmas season favorite by many Malayalees.

Below is a picture of Avalose Unda from my favorite Bakeshop is Allepey, Kerala, India, the popular Himalayas Bakeshop which is selling different kinds of delicious cakes with fresh cream, Indian sweets and many others, like the Plum Cakes.

Avaloseunda from Himalayas Bakeshop in Allepey, Kerala, India
Avaloseunda from Himalayas Bakeshop in Allepey, Kerala, India

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