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Friday, September 2, 2016

Chena Vanpayar Erissery-Kerala Style Red Gram Yam Curry Recipe

Erissery is one of the main dishes served during Onam sadya. As I have already posted mathanga cherupayar erissery (pumpkin cowpeas erissery), I wanted to share erissery with yam and red cow peas. I make this often in my home as it is one of our favorites. It is easy to make, filling and very delicious. As onam is just a few days away, I will be sharing many more Kerala delicacies in the days to come. Today we will learn how to make chena vanpayar erissery following this simple and easy recipe.

Chena Vanpayar Erissery-Kerala Style Red Gram Yam Curry

Chena Vanpayar Erissery

Chena Vanpayar Erissery

 Prep Time : 20 mins (excluding cowpeas soaking time)
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Serves: 4
 Recipe CategorySide Dish
 Recipe CuisineKerala

   Ingredients needed

   Elephant Foot Yam/Chena - 2 1/2 cup chopped (500 grams)
   Red Gram/Cow peas (vanpayar) -1/3 cup
   Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
   Salt needed

   For Grinding

   Coconut - 1/3 cup grated
   Green chilli (pachamulagu) -1
   Shallots (kunjulli) - 3
   Garlic (veluthulli) -2-3
   Cumin Seeds (jeerakam) - 1 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Coconut Oil - 2 tsp
   Mustard seeds (kadugu) - 1 tsp
   Red Chilli - 1-2
   Shallots - 2-3 (optional)
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   Top up seasoning

   Coconut oil - 1/2 tsp
   Grated coconut - 1/3 cup


Scrap the skin and chop yam into medium sized cubes. Apply oil on your hands before handling yam to prevent itching.

Wash and soak red cow peas overnight. Pressure cook adding little water, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and a little salt for 3 whistles or until soft.

Kerala Style Red Gram Yam Curry Recipe

Grind coconut, shallots, green chilli, cumin seeds and garlic to a coarse paste.

coconut, shallots, green chilli, cumin seeds and garlic-ground paste


Cook yam in water (just enough to cover the yam) with salt and turmeric powder. Once the yam is cooked, mash it slightly.

Add the cooked cow peas and the ground paste to the yam and cook for few more minutes until the raw smell of the paste goes. You may add 1/4 cup of water, if it is too dry.

Chena Erissery

Heat 2 tsp of coconut oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add red chilli, shallots and curry leaves. Saute on medium heat until shallots turn golden brown. Pour it over the erissery.

sauteing grated coconut

Heat another 1/2 tsp of coconut oil and fry the grated coconut until golden brown. Add it to the erissery and mix well.

Serve with rice, rasam, sambar or puliserry.

Note - You can skip garlic and shallots, if you do not prefer. You can use black eyed pea instead of red cow peas.

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