Erissery is one of the traditional Kerala dishes with roasted coconut and spices. It can be made with Pumpkin, Yam or Raw Plantain. I have made the most popular of the Erissery's - the Pumpkin Red Cowpeas Erissery. It is a sweet curry as pumpkin and red cowpeas are both sweet. I have always loved Pumpkin because it just melts in your mouth. And cooking it with cow peas makes it even better.
Yellow Pumpkin - 1/4 kg
Red Cowpeas - 1/2 cup (soaked overnight)
Grated Coconut - 1 cup + 2 tbsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Red Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Green Chilly - 2
Curry Leaves - 4 sprigs
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Dry Red Chilly - 2
Coconut oil - 2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Dice and cook pumpkin along with turmeric,salt and water.
Cook cowpeas with salt and green chilly till very soft.
Grind coconut with red chilly powder and cumin seeds with very less water (2 tbsp).
Mix the pumpkin and cowpeas.
Add the ground coconut mixture and bring to a boil.
Add 2 sprigs of curry leaves into the mixture and let cook on low flame till thick.
In a pan heat the coconut oil. Add mustard. When it splutters add dry red chilly.
Add curry leaves.
Reduce the flame to low.Add 2 tbsp coconut and fry till golden brown.
Pour it over the erissery.
Use very little water to cook pumpkin and cowpeas.
Increase spice level as per taste.
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5. Kumbalanga Pachadi
6. Beetroot Achar
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