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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

Ari Unda is one of the popular sweet snacks from Kerala, India made from a mixture of rice flour, fresh grated coconut and jaggery. Likewise, these balls are made from grinded rice or rice flour (Ari Podi) and flavored with spices, like Cardamom powder.

Ari means rice and Unda means balls in Malayalam language, the language spoken in the Indian state of Kerala.

Below are pictures of Ari Unda made by my friend from Allepey, Kerala, India for their afternoon snacks called "Naalu Mani Palaharam” or "four o’clock snack

Apfelwein which is literally translated as "apple wine" is considered to be Hessen’s state drink which is an alcoholic beverage or fermented cider drink made from apples. Hessen is one of the Federal State of Germany where the Apfelwein is mainly produced.

Apfelwein is also known as Äppelwoim (Aeppelwoi), Ebbelwei, Eppelwoi, Ebbelwoi, Äppler (Aeppler), Stöffche, Apfelmost or Viez, depending on the region of Germany.

While, Apfelwine is mainly produced in Hessen, more specifically in the Frankfurt region (Frankfurt am Main) where it is also mostly consumed, but it is also popular in the Moselfranken, Lower Saar area and regions in the border of Luxembourg.

The most popular area for consuming Apfelwine in Frankfurt are the Sachsenhausen which is known as the Apfelweinviertel (Apple Wine Quarter ) where numerous Apple Wine Pubs or Apfelweinlokale (Apple Wine Pubs) are found

Traditionally, Apfelwine is consumed using a glass that has a diamond-shaped raised pattern on the surface called Geripptes. Bembel also called Apfelweinkrug, which is a large stone-glazed gray jog with a blue pattern, is used to pour the wine into the "Geripptes" (glasses).

Below is a picture of the Bembel. Bembel is also called Apfelwein Krug or Äppelwoikrug (Aeppelwoikrug)

Some Germans who stick to traditions still want to consume Apfelwein pure, but at present, particularly outside of the Frankfurt region, many Germans are mixing it with various other drinks and beverages to produce the following drinks with Apfelwein as the main ingredient:

1. Apfelweinschorle is a mixture of Apfelwein with mineral water (Mineralwasser)

2. Süßgespritzte is a mixture of Apfelwein with soda, like 7-Up or Sprite.

3. Bembelschlabber a mixture of Apfelwein and beer

4. Panzersprit is a mixture of Apfelwein and Kola (Cola)

5. Covie is a mix of Kola (Cola) and Viez, which is another name of Apfelwein

6. KE which stands for Kola Eppler, also known as Korea is Apfelwein mixed with Kola (Coca Cola)

Arme Ritter also called Armer Ritter is the German version of French Toast, which is bread, usually stale bread or day old bread soaked in mixture of eggs, cream or milk batter with sugar and cinammon then fried in butter.

Diiferent countries have versions of Arme Ritter or Franch Toast, in Spain it is called Torriga, in England "Poor Knights of Windsor, ” Denmark, Arme riddere. ”

Arme Ritter which is literally translated as Poor Knight is said to have its origin in France, where it is known as Ameritte or Pain Perdu , literally translated as "lost bread"

It is also known in Germany as Rostige Ritter, Semmelschnitten, Weckschnitten, Gebackener Wek, and Bavesen

In America, in one time or another, it has been referred to as Spanish, German, or Nun's Toast and it first appeared in print as "French Toast” in 1871.

My mom, used to make French Toast when we were young for our breakfast and it was really delicious, for a long time now, I have been experimenting my own version and I was not successful getting the taste of my Mom's French Toast until I made it some days ago, while I was feeling so sad and all I wanted to do was to create something wonderful. So below is my version of my Arme Ritter, my very own French toast.

my very own version of Arme Ritter , the German version of French toast. I used wheaten bread filled with nutella and the others creamed honey, dipped in mixture of milk, cream, eggs, sugar, cinnamon and cardamom powder then fried in butter. Amazingly good. Finally, i made it like my mom used too. Next time, I will fill it with a blueberry jam which is will also cook myself.

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