Erissery (Erishery) is another traditional Kerala Recipe made using ground coconut paste and finally seasoning with roasted coconut. I have always loved Erissery which my Mom used to prepare once in a while. Mathanga Payaru (Pumpkin and Bean) Erissery used to be the most common one prepared by my mom. Errisery can be made using a single vegetable or combination of vegetables. Lentils or Beans may also be added to Erishery.

Mathanga Payaru Erisheri

Mathanga Payaru Erisheri

The most common types of Erissery are made using the following:-

  1. Mathanga (Pumpkin) and Van Payaru (Red beans)
  2. Padavalanga (Snake Gourd) and Parippu (Lentils)
  3. Chena (Yam) and Vazhakka (Raw Plantain)
  4. Chena (Yam) and VanPayaru (Red beans)
  5. Kapalanga (Papaya)

For Onam, I decided to make Mathanga Payaru Erissery. I couldn’t get Vanpayaru which is traditionally used in the recipe. So, I used some Dried Red Beans which I bought from an Asian Market. I like my Erishery to be thick but you can alter the consistency by increasing the water content.

Pumpkin Bean Erissery

Pumpkin Bean Erissery


  1. VanPayaru (Red Cowpeas)/Red Beans – 1 Cup
  2. Pumpkin (chopped into medium pieces) – 5 or 6 cups (I used Yellowish Orange variety of Pumpkins)
  3. Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
  4. Salt – to taste
  5. Water – as required

For Grinding

  1. Grated Coconut – 1 cup
  2. Turmeric Powder – A pinch
  3. Garlic Cloves – 2
  4. Jeera (Cumin) – 1/4 tsp
  5. Green Chillies – 5 or 6
  6. Pepper Powder – 1/4 tsp

For Seasoning

  1. Oil – 1 tbsp
  2. Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  3. Dry Red Chillies – 4
  4. Curry Leaves – A sprig
  5. Grated Coconut – 1/4 cup
  6. Finely chopped Shallots (Kunjulli) – 4

Preparation Method

  1. Soak the red beans in water overnight or for atleast 4 hours.
  2. Grind the grated coconut and other ingredients to a smooth paste and keep aside.
  3. Pressure cook the red beans in water (add water so as to cover the beans) with 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and salt for around 15 minutes on medium heat. It should be half cooked and not mushy.
  4. Add the cubed pumpkin pieces and continue to pressure cook on medium flame for 2 more whistles.
  5. Open the lid and transfer the contents into a big pan. Mash the pumpkin pieces with a spatula. You can leave a few chunky pieces if you like.
  6. Add the ground coconut paste and cook for 5-7 minutes on medium heat.
  7. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. Saute shallots, dry red chillies and curry leaves.
  8. Reduce heat, add 1/4 cup of grated coconut and roast for a few minutes till brown. Be careful not to burn it.
  9. Pour the seasoning over the curry and gently mix everything.
Mathanga Payru Errisery

Mathanga Payru Errisery

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4 comments to Erissery

  • Mary John

    Do you mean the garlic pod to be whole garlic or individual flakes?

    Hi Mary,
    Thank you for pointing out the mistake. You need to use individual garlic cloves and not the whole pod. I have made the correction. Thank you once again.


  • Leena Benny

    Dear Jisha,
    Thank u so much for ur recipes.. U made it so easy and uncomplicated. Once again thank you & may GOD bless you.

  • Anil

    Hi Jisha

    Thank you for all the recipes. Just to check with you, for the “Padavalanga (Snake Gourd) and Parippu (Lentils) erissery”, what parippu is to be used, toordal, kadalaparippu, cherupayaru or some other parippu? Please clarify. Thanks

  • Hi Anil,

    You can use kadalaparippu for the erissery.


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