‘Erissery’ is another traditional recipe of Kerala which is also an essential part of the Ona Sadhya. A very simple and a healthy recipe as it is a combination of legumes and vegetables.

     ‘Eri’ in Malayalam means ‘spicy’. So it is a ‘spicy curry’ made with vegetables or combination of vegetables and legumes.

Pumpkin Erissery

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Cuisine: Kerala
Serves- 5


Well ripened red pumpkin/ butternut squash (cut into medium sized cubes) - 1 cup (250 gms)
Red cow peas /Rose moong /vanpayaru-1 cup
Turmeric- ¼ teaspoon
Chilli powder-1 teaspoon
Salt- to taste

To grind:
Grated coconut- ¼ cup
Garlic-1 clove
Jeera/ cumin seeds- ¼   teaspoon
Curry leaves- 1 strand

To roast:
Grated coconut- 1/2 cup
Mustard seeds- 1 teaspoon
Curry leaves- 2 strand

Butternut Squash Erissery

  • Soak cow peas if possible before hand over night or around 6 hours and then pressure cook for about three whistles on medium flame. But be careful not to overcook the cow peas.
  • Grind coconut, garlic, jeera and curry leaves as coarse paste; set aside.
  • Roast the coconut, mustard seeds and curry leaves till the  coconut gets brown colour and the mustard seeds starts to splutter. Add a teaspoon of oil if required.
  • Cook pumpkin with water and salt till soft but it should hold its shape. Add turmeric, chilli powder and cooked cow peas together and cook well for about a minute.
  • Now add the ground coconut mixture and cook till garlic smell leaves.
  • Add the roasted coconut with the erissery and mix well.
  • Now the Kerala Special Erissery is ready for Onam Sadya!!!
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