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Gothambu/Gothumbu Nurukku Payasam also called Gothambu/Gothumbu Ari Payasam is Cracked/broken Wheat Pudding which is one of the desserts or snacks from Kerala, India

Gothambu/Gothumbu Nurukku Payasam is made from Cracked/Broken Wheat, Ghee, Milk and Jaggery, spiced with Cardamom Powder. Exceptional ingredients are Raisins and Cashew Nuts. However, most housewives who cook any kind of Payasam always add Cashew Nuts, especially when it is cooked for special occassions, like Onam and birthday celebrations.

Picture below is one of the several varieties of Payasam which I was served in Allepey, Kerala, India.

Gothambu Unda refer to sweet balls from Kerala, India made from Wheat, ghee, jaggery, Cardamom and grated fresh coconut then formed into balls and steamed. Gothambu Unda is literally translated as "wheat ball"

Gothambu and Unda are Malayalam words for Wheat and Ball, respectively

It is said that Gothambu Unda have been famous in Kerala as the standard prison food. Nowadays, people from Kerala used Gothambu to make various dishes and sweets for snacks.

Gothambu is also spelled Gothumbu.

Below is a picture of the Gothambu Unda made by a family friend from Allepey, Kerala, India using Cracked/Broken Wheat called Gothambu Nurukku or Gothambu Ari in Malayalam, the language of spoken in the state of Kerala.

Ginisang Upo refers to sauteed Bottle Gourd in English. Upo is sliced into small cubes and sauteed with onions and garlic, and sometimes with a bit of ground pork or small pieces of shrimps. Sometimes, housewives also saute Upo with canned sardines. Upo can also be sauteed plain with just chopped onions and garlic and it will still taste good.

Ginisa means saute in the Philippines using onions (sibuyas), garlic (bawang), tomatoes (kamatis) and/or ginger (luya). Ginger is especially used by some cookes in the Philippines when cooking fish or chicken to remove the fishy taste.

Almost all kinds of vegetables are used in the Philippines for Ginisa or sauteed dishes, such as Eggplant (Talong), Ampalaya (Bitter gourd), Sitaw (snake beans), Kalabas (Squash/Pumpkin), and many more.

In small food shops and food stalls along the streets in the Philippines called Karinderia or Turo-Turo, Ginisang Upo and other sauteed vegetables are always a part of the many dishes being offered most especially for lunch. These Sauteed vegetables are sold cheap for the masses who want cheap and affordable, but nutrious foods

Below are pictures of Ginisang Upo sold in a small food shop (Karinderia)in the Philippines during lunchtime.

Grießbei (Griessbrei) is a German food; a pudding, paste or porridge made of semolina. Grießbrei is also called Grießpudding/Griesspudding. Semolina or Grieß in German refers to a coarse pale-yellow flour ground from hard durum wheat and used to make.

Gin Fizz refers to a cocktail drink with gin, soda, lemon juice and sugar.

Guacamole is a creamy and flavorful dip or spread made primarily from ripe avocados. It is a popular Mexican dish known for its smooth texture, vibrant green color, and rich taste. Guacamole is often enjoyed with tortilla chips, tacos, burritos, and various other Mexican or Tex-Mex dishes.

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