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Cashew Apple is the name of the Cashew fruit in Kerala, India. Cashew nut which is a by-product of Cashew fruit is an important product from Kerala. The nuts is an important ingredient for their sweets called Payasam and they are also sold as fried with salt or with or without Masala powder.

Picture below is a Cashew Tree in Allepey, Kerala, India full of unripened Cashew Apple or Cashew

Fully riped Cashew Fruit or Cashew Apple
Fully riped Cashew Fruit or Cashew Apple

Scenes in Munnar, Kerala, India near the Echo Point, an old man selling Plain and Masala-flavored Cashew Nuts. It was my breakfast during that cold nice early morning at Echo Point. I felt blessed. I enjoyed talking to the old vendor even if we didnt understand each other, first time I experienced to hear a real echo, I was able to travel to Munnar thru a motorbike and got to taste the delicious Masala-flavored Cashew nuts from Kerala, which the state is also famous for

Me... tasting the Masala-flavored Cashew Nuts
Me... tasting the Masala-flavored Cashew Nuts

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Me... having Masala-flavored Cashew Nuts for breakfast at Echo Point

Cross Buns refer to an Easter Bread/Bun with a symbol of a cross on top which are prepared by many households during Maundy Thursday (Pesaha Vyazham) in Kerala, India. Some are distributed or given away by those who can afford to prepare some pieces and give it away to neighbors starting at Maundy Thursday

It is said to be called also as Pesaha Bun because it is generally made on Maundy Thursday (Pesaha Vyazham in Malayalam).

Charlas also spelled Charllas or Saarlas refers to South Indian salad made from mixture of slices of fresh cucumber tomatoes, onions, chilies and curd. Some are also using Vinegar as dressing instead of curd.

Charlas is also known as Kuchember or Kachumber. (please see also article and photo of Kuchember)

Below are pictures of plain Charlas with just small slices of onions, tomatoes and cucumber and Charlas with curd which is often prepared as part of a meal for important occassions in Kerala, such as Wedding, first Communions and other important festivals.

Below is a set of meal served in a paper plate during a Wedding party in Allepey, Kerala, India with Biryani, Beef Masala and Charlas

- Caprese (Salad) :

Caprese refers to the popular salad from Italy made from three (3) main ingredients: fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and fresh basil leaves with just a drizzle of salt and olive oil.

Caprese is also known as Caprese Salad and Salata Caprese in Italian.

Caprese is now prepared and served in various ways, but the 3 main ingredients are still the same. Some are prepared like Kabobs, the trio of cherry tomatoes, mini Mozzarella cheese and fresh leaves of basil are skewered in bamboo sticks/skewers and turn into finger foods. Mini Mozzarella cheese and cherry tomatoes are now available in many supermarkets.

Below is a picture of my Caprese Salad Kabobs. I made this for our family reunion for the blessing of our new house in Bremen, Germany

Other various ways, Caprese is prepared is shown in the pictures below:

Cordero in the food context refers to lamb, specifically the meat of a young sheep. It is known for its tender texture and mild, delicate flavor. Lamb is a popular meat choice in various cuisines around the world, valued for its versatility and ability to be prepared in numerous ways.

Churros in the food context refers to a popular Spanish and Portuguese snack or dessert. These fried dough pastries are known for their crispy exterior and soft, fluffy interior. Churros are often enjoyed as a sweet treat, typically served with a coating of sugar and sometimes accompanied by a dipping sauce, such as chocolate or caramel.

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