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The food glossary +++ 'Talbos ng Kamote', 'Tapsilog', 'Talong'

Thakkali Mezhukkupuratti is one of the simple dish from Kerala which is a tomato stir-fry, made from slices of fresh and tender tomatoes cooked with slices of red onions, green chili (Koda Mulaku) and spices such as Kadugu (black mustard seeds) and the Curry Leaves .

Thakkali is the Malayalam word for Tomato

Mezukkupuratti refers to stir-fry dishes/foods in Kerala. Mezhukkupuratti is a curry made up of stir-fried vegetables .  It is best served with rice and curd or any chutney.

This is one of the super delicious dishes which my family friend in Allepey in Kerala, India cooks when budget for meat and other vegetables are already not enough. Tomatoes are cheap and yet she can make it a tasty dish for her family.



Thenga Chammanthi is Coconut Chutney and also refers to one of the many kinds of Chutneys in Kerala which is made from fresh grated Thenga (Coconut meat) grinded with other ingredients, such as Inji (ginger), Tamarind , Chumannulli (shallots/pearl onions), Kanthari Mulaku (bird’s eye chillies), salt until it turns into a paste, then Kadugu (black mustard seeds) and Curry leaves are added.

Thenga Chammanthi is often served with with Idli, Chappati/Roti  and Dosa in Kerala.

Here is my "adopted Mom" in Allepey, Kerala, India grinding Thenga and spices in the traditional  grinders used to make Chammathi called Ammikallu (Please see related article on Ammikallu)

Below are pictures of Thenga Chammanthi served with Dosa and Chappati

Thenga Chammanthi after grinding
Thenga Chammanthi after grinding

 Thenga Chammanthi after its formed into a ball

Thenga Chammanthi served with Dosa
Thenga Chammanthi served with Dosa
Chappati and Omelette served with Thenga Chammanthi for breakfast
Chappati and Omelette served with Thenga Chammanthi for breakfast

Thenga Unda refers to coconut ball fritters from Kerala, India. It is made from freshly grated coconut, mixed with jaggery, ghee and cardamom powder then form into balls then deep-fried in Coconut Oil until golden brown.

I really do not know if Thenga Unda is traditionally a Keralan teatime snacks, but this was was bought by my friend in a Chaya Kada (Teashop) in Allepey, a district of Kerala. 

Thenga and Unda , is the Malayalam words for Coconut and Balls, respectively. 


Toge is a Filipino word for Mung Bean Sprouts. Toge is usually or often used in the Philippines as an ingredient for Lumpia (Fried Spring Rolls). They cane also be sauteed with ground meat or shrimps which is called Ginisang Toge (Sauteed Mung Bean Sprouts) in the Philippines

Other definition:
Toge which also spelled Togue is a Filipino term meaning "mung bean sprouts"


Talong is a Filipino word for Eggplant. Talong is one of the kinds/varieties of vegetables (Gulay) in the Philippines. There are several kinds available in the Country which Ive already seen, not only the violet ones, but rarely found in the wet markets, the green and rounded and the long and green.

In an African shop in Germany, I saw a yellow variety, but what is always available, specially in Turkish and Moroccan Food Shops and  in most local groceries/ shops are the big and oval or oblong.  

Thabuot is the Burmese word for "Luffa", a kind of vegetable used for cooking. While living in Germany, I searched for this vegetable, but I never found some even in Asian stores.

In the Philippines, my home country  we also eat this vegetable with "Misua", a flour noodle and we call this in my country Patola . (Please see related article and Pictures on Patola)