Erissery is a very popular and traditional dish. No feast of Sadya is complete without this dish. Erissery is a delicious blend of vegetables simmered in a ground coconut paste with the flavors of black pepper and cumin. And finally tempered in coconut oil and topped with more roasted coconut. The aroma of coconut oil, roasted coconut and curry leaves is intoxicating. I just love the aroma that wafts through my kitchen while this dish gets cooked.
Kayum Chenayum or Plantains and Yam are a popular combination of vegetables used for this erissery. Other vegetables that are commonly used are Yam alone, Jackfruit and Pumpkin in combination with Red Chowri Beans. My favorite definitely is this plantain and yam combination. The Nendrankai is preferred, but if you can’t find that then feel free to make use of the regular raw banana.
What you’ll need
- Yam/Chena/Suran – 1.5 cup, peeled and cut into big cubes
- Vazhakkai or Nendrankai – 1 Cup, peeled and cut into big cubes
- Fresh Scraped Coconut – 1 cup
- Black Pepper Powder – ½ tsp
- Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
- Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
- Salt to taste
- Fresh scraped coconut – ½ cup
- Urad Dal – 1 tsp
- Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
- Dried Red Chilly – 1
- Curry Leaves – 8 to 10 leaves
- Coconut Oil – 1 tbsp
- Wash the chenai and vazhakkai pieces well and transfer into a kadai.
- Add about 3 cups of water, turmeric powder, pepper powder and salt to taste. Mix well.
- Cook partially covered on medium heat till the vegetables are cooked.
- In the meanwhile, grind the coconut and cumin into a fine paste adding some water.
- Pour this ground paste into the yam pieces once they are cooked. Mix well and bring to boil.
- Remove from heat after about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Heat another kadai with coconut oil.
- Add mustard seeds, once they splutter add urad dal. Add the scraped coconut once the dal starts changing color.
- Fry the coconut till it becomes nice and brown. Add curry leaves and pour this tempering over the prepared erissery. Mix well.
Serve as accompaniment along with plain steamed rice.