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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Mathanga Erissery/Pumpkin curry

Pumpkin/mathanga erissery is one of our favourite weekend dishes. Erissery is one of the traditional kerala dishes and can be prepared with many other vegetables too like yam, raw plantain etc. It is very tasty and easy to make.

 You need

  1. Pumpkin/Mathanga -  1 small
  2. Grated coconut - 1/2 of one coconut
  3. Garlic - 1 clove 
  4. Green chilli - 3
  5. Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  6. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Water - 1 and 1/2 cups

for tempering

  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Shallots - 3 (sliced)
  • Grated coconut - 1 tbsp


  • Remove the skin and seeds of pumpkin. Wash and cut into small pieces. 
  • Put the pieces in a pressure cooker with 1 cup of water and cook for 3 whistles or until well cooked. 
  • Meanwhile grind all ingredients from 2 to 7 adding water to get a very smooth paste.
  • When the pressure of cooker is relieved entirely open it and smash the pieces well. 
  • Add the coconut paste into it and cook on low flame for 5 minutes

For tempering

  • Heat oil in a pan
  • Add mustard seeds when oil is hot. 
  • When it starts spluttering, add sliced shallots, dry red chillies and grated coconut.
  • Saute until brown.

Pour over the curry. Enjoy with rice


  1. very tasty curry...perfect with some plain rice.

  2. pumpkin curry looks so delicious. awesome recipe

  3. Erissery looks yummy.. its one of my fav.. :)

  4. I never pictured pumpkin with curry but it looks like you've got me thinking twice now :) it looks very tasty.


  5. liked your bright yellowish curry..pic of the seasoning with fried coconut gratings over the top is tempting me to try it..

  6. Reshmi, Adipoli.....Kothippikkuva alle...

  7. curry looks very smooth and delicious.loved the colour!

  8. Yummy,love this always......I too got this in my drafts will post soon..and same pinch,almost the same like presentation too:-)

    Ongoing Events at(Erivum Puliyum)-
    1. The Kerala Kitchen(June'12)

    2.EP Series-Basil OR Cardamom

  9. You can link this to The kerala kitchen event,link is below:-)

    Ongoing Events at(Erivum Puliyum)-
    1. The Kerala Kitchen(June'12)

    2.EP Series-Basil OR Cardamom

  10. I really needed a good erissery recipe. thank you, looks so good! Over some hot rice, it will be over the top!

  11. Would be great with rice...looks great!


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