Glossary K

The food glossary +++ 'Kinchay', 'Kalkag', 'Kakang Gata'

Kadu Manga/Kadumanga Achar/Achaar is the Malayalam term for mango pickles made with cubes of fresh, tender,  unripe mangoes made into a pickle by cooking the mangoes with lots of spices, such as Kadugu (Black Mustard seeds), red chili powder, Turmeric, Kaluva Podi ( Fenugreek powder), Kaayam Podi (Asafoetida powder), Vinegar and Curry leaves .

Kadu Manga  or Kadumanga Achar is also called Manga Achar or Uppillittuthu in Malayalam, the language spoken in Kerala. 

Ready-made Pickling or Pickle Powder is also available in almost foodshops in Kerala. It is made from various spices and it is only needed to be added to the food to be pickled. This is the one which was recommended to me by my family friend to cook my own pickle when I go back to Germany.

I love all pickles served to me while I was in Allepey, Kerala, but my favorite is Kadu Manga Achar. It will always bring back happy memories, since it is one foods served to me on my first lunch with my second family in Allepey.

This is my very own version of Kadu Manga Achar using the Pickle powder I brought home from Allepey, Kerala, India and the Philippines variety of Raw /green Mango.

Kappioka/Kappiokka/Kappa Varuthath/Varuthathu refers to Indian savory snacks made from Cassava. They are formed like noodles and flavored with different spices, such as Masala powder and Curry leaves . They are also cooked as sweet snacks by adding sugar or Jaggery to the noodle-like snacks. They are deep-fried in Coconut Oil that make these snacks more delicious and tasty.

Noodle-like sweet and savory snacks are popular in India. They are also added to a savory mixture of nuts and Sev called "Mixture" in Kerala, India.

Kappioka/Kappiokka/Kappa Varuthath/Varuthathu simply means fried Cassava in different types and forms, like this noodle-shaped snacks

Here are the pictures of 2 kinds of Kappioka/Kappa Varuthath/Varuthathu which were one of the many sweet and savory snacks sold during Christmas midnight masses held in many churches in Kerala, India.

This is the sweet version of Kappa Varithathu
This is the sweet version of Kappa Varuthathu above with green coloring
The savory version of Kappa Varithathu flavored with Masala called Masala Kappa/Kappiokka Varithathu
The savory version of Kappa Varuthathu flavored with Masala called Masala Kappa/Kappioka Varuthathu

- Kozhikodan Halwa / Halva :

Kozhikodan Halwa also spelled Halva are  sweets from Kozhikode or Calicut, Kerala, India where the most special and delicious Halwas are made in the state of Kerala. 

There is a street in Kozhikode named SM Street , Sweet Meat Street called Mithai Theruvu in Malayalam, the name given by European traders because of the many shops lined up on the streets  selling Kozhikodan Halwa which they called as Sweet Meat .

In the past, this historic street was the busiest shopping and commercial center at the heart of Kozhikode and today the street is still busy with many shops that sell anything and everything including the famed Halwa, Banana Chips (Upperi) and other.

Below is a picture of Kozhikodan Halwa/Halva from Kozhikode (Calicut), Kerala, India. I was blessed to have tasted these different flavors of Halwa from this historic street. Very delicious. I will never get tired eating Halwa, my favorite is always the black one, which I have tasted in Allepey, Kerala, India during a festival .


Kozhikodan Halwa/Halva from Kozhikode (Calicut), Kerala, India

Kappa Puzhukku  refers to one of the dishes from Kerala, India made from boiled/teameed mashed Cassava seasoned with different spices, such as Black Mustard seeds (called Kadugu in Malayalam) and Curry leaves and then served or paired with Pachadi, Beef Masala or other dishes like Erachi Olarthiyathu, or Curries.

Below are pictures of Kappa Puzhukku from various places I visited in Allepey, Kerala, India.

Kappa Puzhukku served for lunch
Kappa Puzhukku served for lunch
Kappa Puzhukku made by my family friend in Allepey
Kappa Puzhukku made by my family friend in Allepey
This Kappa Puzhukku was served to me with Erachi Olarthiyathu (
This Kappa Puzhukku was served to me with Erachi Olarthiyathu 
Kappa Puzhukku sold with Meen Curry and Rasam during a Food Festival in Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Kappa Puzhukku sold with Meen Curry and Rasam during a Food Festival in Trivandrum, Kerala, India

The picture below is the first and the tastiest Kappa Puzhukku I ever tasted in Kerala, India. One of the dishes, recommended to me when I visited Avees Restaurant. It is the restaurant's house specialty. 

Kappa Puzhukku from Avees Restaurant in Kerala, India served with Beef Masala and Pachadi
Kappa Puzhukku from Avees Restaurant in Kerala, India served with Beef Masala and Pachadi
Kappa Puzhukku together with Kanji (rice porridge) during a political gathering in Allepey, Kerala, India
Kappa Puzhukku together with Kanji (rice porridge) served during a mass political gathering in Allepey, Kerala, India

Katti Chappati also called Kathi Rolls is a  food from South India made of Chappati which are wrapped various fillings then rolled, the most common choices of stuffings are potatoes, chicken and lamb cooked in assorted spices and curry leaves

In these pictures below, Chappati is being prepared to make Katti Chappati. It is one of the street foods being sold in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India during the daily  night food market in one of the busy streets of saif city.

The street vendor is operating his  Thattukada, which is a roadside or street eatery, fast food outlet or hawker food.

Some mobile or rolling Thattukada are mostly operating only in the night in Allepey Beach in Allepey, Kerala.

 

Kothu Porotta/Parotta refers to South Indian spiced Porotta (flat bread) which is made by tearing the Porotta into small pieces and then sautee these pieces of bread with slices of onions, scrambled eggs, chicken or mutton gravies and Masala powder. 

Coimbatore is the second largest city and district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. 

 

Below is a close-up view of Kothu Porotta/Parotta which is sold as night street food in one of the busy streets in  Coimbatore  and the street vendor using a mobile store to sell Kothu Porotta/Parotta that is serve in Banana leaf.