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Mathanga Erissery | Pumpkin Erissery

Erissery  is one of the important dishes for a Kerala sadya / feast. An erissery is usually prepared with vegetables like pumpkin, yam or raw banana and sometimes combined with legumes like cowpeas or black chickpeas.

Pumpkin erissery is simple dish with pumpkin cooked in a coconut gravy and tempered with fried coconut and curry leaves. Adding fried coconut at the end enhances the real flavor of the erissery, so do not skip it. To get the authentic flavor, use coconut oil for frying and tempering. Serve this with plain rice and some tangy side dish.


Pumpkin simmered in a coconut gravy and tempered with fried coconut


Pumpkin - 400 gms, cut into small cubes
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste
Coconut - 1 cup + 1/4 cup
Coconut oil - 1 tsp
Dried red chillies - 2
Cumin seeds / Jeera - 1/2 tsp

For the tempering:
Coconut oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Split urad dal - 1 tsp
Dried red chillies - 1, halved
Curry leaves - few


1. In a pan heat oil add the 1/4 cup coconut and fry till red. Set aside. In the same pan, fry the red chillies for few seconds and set aside.

2. Grind together 1 cup coconut, red chillies, jeera and 1 tbsp of the fried coconut to a smooth paste adding little water. Set aside.

3. In a vessel add pumpkin, turmeric powder, salt and 1/2 cup water. Cook till the pumpkin becomes soft.

4. Once the pumpkin is cooked, add the ground coconut paste and gently combine. It is fine if some of the pumpkin pieces get mashed up.

5. Cook for 5-6 minutes and then remove from heat. The consistency should be neither too watery nor too dry.

6. In a pan heat oil and add mustard seeds. When it crackles add urad dal, curry leaves and the remaining fried coconut. Pour this tempering over the erissery.


  1. Hi Sona,
    Erissery looks awesome.
    I have added u to our sadhya recipes facebook group do send in your contributions.(hope u won't mind:))

  2. My favorite one,looks perfect Sona,happy onam

  3. Tempting gravy.. Thanks for sharing a new recipe.. Happy Onam..

  4. Erissery looks really yummy...Happy onam Sona

  5. Interesting Kerala dish with the flavor of pumpkin oozing out.

  6. wow erissery looks super delicious and inviting too...

  7. super delicious and yummy erissery...

  8. wow!! loved the way you decorated the top with the fried coconut..yummy !!!

  9. Erissery looks yummy and inviting..Happy Onam Sona.

  10. beautiful clicks ! aa paathram ingu poratte ;)

  11. looks so marvelous!!!Loved the flavors :)

  12. Erissery looks delicious and inviting.

  13. erissery looks very delicious. nicely presented, looks appealing.

  14. Just mouthwatering...looks delicious!

  15. This is something very delicious looking dish..

  16. Pumpkin erissery looks soo lovely and yummy Sona.. I usually add sliced coconut to pumpkin whenever I make it :-)

  17. Droolworthy erissery, looks very creamy and flavourful..

  18. Sounds delicious! Loved the serving bowls and your pictures

  19. I always liked erissery but stayed away becoz of the high amount of coconut!! Nice clicks.



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