Friday, 2 May 2014

I am fulfilling the sadya recipes in my blog. Yes, Erissery is one among them. Its a very healthy vegetarian recipe with the ingredients as pumpkin and green dal. It makes a much taste difference,as it has a mild sweet and a little spicy. When i say it has a different taste it applies for its texture as well. Usually this recipe is little more liquid kind, however the one i made is thick. I like this one as better,but its your choice,it all depends how much water you use. Erissery is the most popular recipe in Trivandrum,mostly served in Sadyas for Vishu or Onam.

Traditionally, its made with with yam, unripe plantains and pigeon peas apart from using pumpkins. The one i made is authentically made in cities like Trivandrum and my amma just uses the raw plantain,pumpkin and the green gram. If you have not tasted this recipe you will definitely love making it again as it has a rich taste and coconut aroma. Its a ultimate treat for vegetarians :) If you are confused in making something different to your family,just go for this.


  • Raw Plantain- 1 Sliced as cubes.
  • Pumpkin- 1 1/2 Cup Sliced as big cubes.
  • Green Gram Dal- 1/2 Cup
  • Turmeric Powder- 1/4 Tspn
  • Coriander Powder- 1/4 Tspn
  • Green chilies- 3 Sliced
To Grind as Paste:

  • Coconut shredded- 1/4 Cup
  • Garlic pieces- 2
  • Cumin Seeds- 1 Tspn
To Temper:

  • Coconut Shredded- 1/4 Cup
  • Mustard Seeds- 1 Tspn
  • Urud Dal- 1 Tspn
  • Curry Leaves- Few
  • Coconut oil- 1 Tspn


  • Pressure cook the green gram dal for 3 whistles with water and keep aside.
  • Grind all the ingredients under “To grind as paste” and keep aside.
  • Add the green chilies and cubed pumpkins to the cooked green gram dal and pressure cook again for 1 whistle.
  • After its all cooked, keep the flame low and add the grounded paste and turmeric,coriander powder and cook until the masala smell goes from it.
  • In a separate pan, add all the ingredients except coconut and sauté well for a minute, switch off the flame and in the same heat add the shredded coconut and saute until it turns little brown.
  • Add this to the cooked curry and give a stir.Serve hot with rice.


"When adding pumpkin add water to the pressure cooker if needed.

As I mentioned I made it dry, however if you want to make it watery add water while at any point of cooking."

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