Erissery can be prepared with red oriental beans or green gram and there are a number of options while choosing the vegetables. Raw banana, yam and pumpkin are the usual veggies and I learnt recently that erissery is prepred with raw jackfruit too. This is almost like my version of erissery b’coz I have added coriander powder and the end result is actually tasty.

the ingredients

green gram – ½ cup
pumpkin, cubed – 500 gms

chilly powder – 1 – 1 ½ tsp
turmeric powder – 1 tsp
coriander powder – 1 tsp
salt – to taste

ingredients to be coarsely ground

coconut – ¼ part
cumin – ¾ tsp
small onion – 5
garlic(optional) – 5

for the tempering

oil – 1 tbsp
mustard – ½ tsp
small onion – 3-5
curry leaves – 2 sprig
coconut, grated – ¼ part

the method

The consistency of erissery is similar to a mash so the preferred utensil to prepare it is a pressure cooker.

Pressure cook the green gram to an almost done consistency (two whistle – I dint soak the green gram) with just adequate water. Stir in the pumpkin pieces, turmeric, chilly powder, coriander powder, salt and coarsely ground coconut mixture. Pour water if need be. Pressure cook for one whistle. Now the pumpkin and green gram would have completely cooked. Stir with a spoon to make it into a mash consistency and cook it in high heat if there is excess water. 

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When it crackles stir in the onion and curry leaves. Add a pinch of salt and turmeric and stir for few seconds. Add the grated coconut and fry till golden brown. Pour it over the pumpkin mix and stir well.