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Erissery in Kerala style for Onam/Vishu Sadhya/Pumpkin/Mathanga Erissery

Written By Kottayam Kitchen on Thursday, September 12, 2013 | September 12, 2013

Erissery is the main ingredient for our great sadhya feast.Today i'm giving you a detailed recipe of Erissery with  Mathanga(pumpkin), Red Kidney beans(Van Payar) and  grinded coconut curry recipe.It can be prepared as dry or semi dry dish..Here i prepared it as a semi dry dish with little gravy.

                                                  Erissery in Kerala style

1.Pumpkin - 1small
2.Red Kidney Beans - 1/4 cup(Soak in water for 5-6 hours or overnight)
3.Grated  coconut - 1 cup
4.Jeerakam/Cumin - 1 pinch
5.Chilli powder - 1 tsp
6.Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
7.Green chillies 2-3
8.Garlic 2 small cloves
9.Salt - to taste
10.Oil for seasoning-2 tb sp
11.Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
12.Curry leaves  a few
13.Dry Red Chillies 2-3

1.Clean and peel the skin of pumpkin and cut into cubes.
2.Cook it in a pressure cooker with little salt,turmeric powder and water for 1 whistle.Transfer it to a bowl after reducing the pressure.
3.Cook the red kidney beans with some chilli powder,garlic pods,salt and water in a pressure cooker for 2-3 whistles.
4.Meanwhile dry roast the grated  coconut until light brown and then add  chilli powder or red chilli flakes and curry leaves.
5.Saute and mix all together and add the seasonings. Transfer it to  a serving bowl.


I have read one myth about this erissery in Vanitha,Onam edition 2013,When we seasoned erissery with mustard and curry leaves, Maveli will surely  visit our house.So after preparing erissery we should get ready 1 sadhya meal in banana leaves separately for Mahabali near the pooja room.So Erissery should prepare at the end of Onam sadhya preparation.

1.If use some shallots with coconut for grinding,it increases the taste.
2.Use coconut oil for seasoning.

Hope you all try this erissery recipe.This is the way in which i prepare Erissery.In some areas Chena(yam) is used for preparing chena erissery..I know variations are there in each corner of Kerala.So friends,if you have any suggestions for this recipe please let me know.I love to hear from you all.

Happy Onam dear viewers..

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