Monday, September 20, 2010

Mathanga Erisseri/ Pumpkin Curry

Erisseri is a traditional Kerala vegetarian dish. Pumpkin erisseri is the most popular for sadhyas or feasts,  but you can use other vegetables like snake guard, yam, plantain, papaya or a combination of several of these vegetables. Erisseri is usually mashed vegetables and lentils seasoned with roasted coconut, fried curry leaves which adds to its unique flavor and taste. Personally I like pumpkin erisseri due to its mild sweet flavor and beautiful yellow color. Traditionally red beans and black eye beans are used, but you can also use green gram for this recipe. 

Pumpkin diced - 3 cups
Red bean- 3/4 cup
Shredded Coconut- 3/4 cup+ 1/3 cup
Turmeric- a pinch
Dry red chilly- 5
Jeera -1/3 tsp
Garlic- 2 pods
Curry leaves
mustard seeds- 1/3 tsp 
Salt to taste 

Soak beans for at least three hours and cook them and set aside.
Chop pumpkin into cubes and cook with 1/2 cup of water, turmeric and salt.
Roast 3 dry red chilly with a little of oil till a nice aroma comes and it is browned up
Note : There is another version which gives a different aroma and taste.You can use chilly powder and add a little pepper powder in the end
Keep aside 2-3 tsp of coconut( to roast later) and grind the rest into a fine paste with the roasted dry red chilly, jeera/cumin.Crush garlic and blend with the coconut paste. Add this to the cooked pumpkin along with the cooked beans. Allow this to simmer in a medium heat for two- three minutes.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When they splutter add two dry red chilly, curry leaves and  1/3 cup of coconut. Roast this is low flame till it gets browned up and add to the curry and mix well. Serve with rice.

Try this...
Hope you will all enjoy..


  1. erisseri looks nice..wud be great with some beef ularthuyathu and rice:)

  2. Lovely combo and a colorful curry. Love it. Come participate in the giveaway happening at my blog, dear.

  3. Wow..delicious curry..the pic is very tempting !

    US Masala

  4. Hmmm adipoli. ente bharthavu kandal appade akathakum, erissery is hif fav in sadya...

  5. Beautiful click. Curry looks delicious!

  6. This recipe brings back childhood memories. ur eriserry looks so good.very tempting!!

  7. Erisseri is new to me...Loved the healthy version of cooking pumpkin and redbeans all together...Looks very tempting too....

  8. Quite a new recipe with pumpkin ..... looks very colorful !

    Cheers n Happy Cooking,

  9. Colourful erisseri. I have tasted this curry in a function without knowing its name and recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

  10. Your pics are always too good,superb click...and lovely yummy dish too

  11. Pumpkin Curry looks very healthy as well as tasty. Nice photo.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  12. Such a beautiful looking pumpking curry..yumm!

  13. Pumpkin and this dish...has the inviting look. This preparation is new to me and a...
    WOW!!! for the beautibul click.

  14. Love the recipe,never tried with bean,cool idea!

  15. adipoli ayittundu ithiri chorum kude kittiyal

  16. pumpkin beans combo is new to me.. looks good ..

  17. Great combo, looks tempting and delicious dear..

  18. Wow what a beautiful pic very tasty recipe colour ful

  19. Delicious looking erisseri..Its my favorite..

  20. Thanks all for stopping by and for the sweet comments


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