Erissery is a traditional dish of Kerala, which is also known as Ellisheri. South Indians celebrate the festival of Onam with various kinds of Sadhya dishes, and this side dish recipe is one of them! This delectable vegetarian recipe is a combination of pumpkin, red beans, coconut, spices and some tempering. This easy-to-make and simple recipe can be prepared quickly at home in just 35 minutes. Serve this recipe to your friends and family over lunch, brunch or dinner. This recipe tastes best with Kerala red rice as well as with steamed rice. If you want to have it in the traditional way, you can enjoy this recipe along with rice on a banana leaf. Apart from serving this dish on Onam, you can also serve this delicacy at buffets, kitty parties, potlucks or house parties. Just follow the easy steps mentioned here and make this to impress your guests! You can serve this delicacy with
How to make Erissery
Soak the red kidney beans overnight before cooking them. Now, take a pressure cooker and add the red beans in it along with salt, turmeric, water, and red chilli powder. Close the lid and place the cooker on medium flame and cook until you hear 4-5 whistles, turn off the flame and wait a little before opening the lid.
In the meantime, chop the pumpkin into small cubes and add them to the cooker, and place on medium flame again. Make sure you don’t cover it with the lid.
Next, chop the onions and green chillies in a bowl. Take a grinder and add the grated coconut, green chillies, onions, and cumin seeds along with a little water to make a fine and smooth paste. (Important: It should be like a chutney, thick and not watery.)
Add this coconut paste to the pressure cooker and stir to mix everything well. Take a pan and heat coconut oil in it over medium flame. When the oil is hot enough, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, dry red chilli along with grated coconut and stir fry until the mixture turns brownish.
Now, add this tempering along with salt to the pumpkin and mix well. Cook uncovered and stir occasionally for 10 minutes. Your Erissery is ready to serve with rice!