Erissery is a traditional Kerala dish prepared with yellow pumpkin, coconut and spices and it is specially made on festive occasions like Onam and Vishu.  There are many varieties of erissery.  But I have done this with yellow pumpkin and ground coconut paste and garnished with roasted coconut.  Erissery is one of the delicacies of Kerala Sadya.


  • Yellow pumpkin - 250 gms
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Whole red chillies - 5 nos
  • Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
  • Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Coconut oil - 50 ml
  • Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Grated coconut - 2 teaspoons
  • 1 string of curry leaves


Step 1

HOW TO MAKE ERISSERY RECIPE Wash, peel and chop pumpkin into medium pieces.

Step 2

Pressure cook the pumpkin pieces with salt and turmeric powder or boil separately in a vessel of water till it becomes soft.

Step 3

Mash the boiled pumpkin and set aside.

Step 4

Grind 3 red chillies, 1/2 cup grated coconut and cumin seeds into a smooth paste by adding little water. (ground coconut mixture)

Step 5

Add this ground coconut mixture to the mashed pumpkin.

Step 6

Add little water if required. Boil this curry till it becomes of a thick consistency.

Step 7

Heat coconut oil in a frying pan. Add mustard seeds. Once the mustard seeds stop spluttering, add 2 broken red chillies, curry leaves and 2 teaspoons of grated coconut.

Step 8

Add this seasoning to the curry and serve hot with rice.

Step 9

Note : Erissery can also be prepared by substituting different vegetables like yam and fresh plaintains.


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