Thursday, August 25, 2011

Pumpkin Erissery Recipe-Yellow Pumpkin curry (Kerala style)

Erissery is another traditional recipe of Kerala which is also an essential part of Onam Sadhya. This is a very easy and also a healthy recipe as it is a combination of legumes and vegetables. Let us learn how to prepare Pumpkin Erissery with this easy Erissery Recipe.

Pumpkin Erissery-Mathanga Erissery
Mathanga Erissery Recipe-How to make Erissery (Kerala dish)

Ingredients needed

Yellow pumpkin - 2 cups chopped
Black eyed beans /Cow Peas - 1/3 cup (normally small red colored black-eyed bean is used but I have used the white one)

Turmeric powder – a generous pinch
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Salt as required

For the grinding

Grated coconut – 1/3 cup
Jeera /Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Green chilli - 2

For the seasoning

Oil - 3 tsp ( Coconut oil for authentic Kerala taste or any other oil)
Mustard seeds -1 tsp
Red chilli -1
Curry leaves – few

¼ cup of grated coconut for frying and garnishing.


Soak cow peas overnight or for 6-7 hours. Pressure cook with a little salt and keep it aside.

Peel the skin and chop the yellow pumpkin into medium size pieces.

Grind coconut, jeera and green chilli together and keep it aside.


Cook pumpkin with turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt. (use less water)

Now add the pressure cooked cow peas to the pumpkin. Mash everything slightly.

Add the grounded paste and boil for a few minutes. Check of salt.

Now heat 2 tsp of oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add red chilli and curry leaves. Add this seasoning to the erissery .

Finally heat a tsp of oil and fry the grated coconut (1/4 cup mentioned for seasoning) till it becomes brown and pour it over the erissery. Delicious Mathanga Erissery/Yellow pumpkin erissery is ready to be served with rice.


This curry can be prepared dry or semi solid consistency.

Mathanga means yellow pumpkin in Malayalam, in tamil it is called Parangikai.

More Yellow pumpkin recipes

Yellow pumpkin curry (my style)

Yellow pumpkin chutney

Meet you all again with another interesting recipe, till then it is bye from Padhu of


  1. Simple, healthy & delicious errissery!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  2. Yum ...liked your recipe, I recently started eating pumpkin :)

  3. Wow! I too was going to make this yummy Erissery tomorrow. Loved your version. Very well explained.

  4. wow...Wonderful recipe...Thanks for sharing...

  5. I was looking for a pumpkin recipe so thanks for sharing this lovely dish.
    Mina Joshi

  6. This looks awesome..comfort favorite

  7. Yummy n delicious recipe...nicely explained...i will try soon

  8. very unique flavours and I want to try this too.

  9. Nicely explained this recipe..

  10. Delicious...

  11. Lovely post and nice website. I did try erisseri for the first time yesterday and it came out pretty well. Thanks!

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