Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mathanga Vanpayaru Erissery

Traditional Kerala recipe made with pumpkin cubes, red gram and seasoned with roasted grated coconut. 

Ingredients :

Pumpkin : 500g, Cubed 
Red Gram / Vanpayaru  :1Cup
Turmeric Powder : 1/4tsp
Chilli powder : 1/2tsp

For Grinding : 

Shredded Coconut : 1/2Cup
Cumin seeds : 1/2tsp
Sallots : 10
Green Chillies : 2
Turmeric Powder : a pinch

For Seasoning : 

Coconut Oil : 2tsp
Shredded coconut : 1/2Cup
Mustard Seeds : 3/4tsp
Dried red chillies : 3
Curry leaves : 2springs


1. Soak Red gram overnight (at least 5 hrs). Wash it until the water runs clear.

2.  Grind the shredded coconut and other ingredients to a smooth paste and keep aside.

3. Cook the cubed pumpkin pieces in a pressure cooker along with cleaned red gram, turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt.

4. Mash the pumpkin pieces after cooking.(If needed transfer o a big kadai.)

5. Add paste from step 2 and cook for 10minutes on medium flame.

6. In another kadai heat oil and add the mustard seeds. When it splutters add dried red chillies and curry leaves. On a low flame add the grated coconut for seasoning and sauted till it becomes golden brown
7. Pour the seasoning over the curry and mix well.8. Delicious mathanga vanpayaru erissery is ready to serve :)


  1. Fabulous looking erissery..very tempting.

  2. Wow looks super delicious..very tempting. By the way how are u dear and ur junior ?

  3. This is my fav,i too make same way..nice presentation...

  4. Hi Lena ...Nice to see you blogging actively....mol engane erikkunnu? We just came back from Kerala a couple of weeks back...saw your queries abt cake making...pls give me some more time...lil busy as my son have holidays... will get back to you as soon as possible...

  5. Adipoli aayittundallo? How is your vaava doing? My hugs to her :-)

  6. Wish you and your family a very Happy Janmashtami.
    I liked your blog very much. I appreciate for your wonderful presentation. Erissery looks delicious and tempting.
    You are welcome in my blogs.

  7. I love ericheri...
    and i have some in my fridge.. will make them over the weekend!
    thanks for dropping by my blog with such lovely comments.. do try the sambar and let me know.

  8. Hi Lena,

    My first time here...Lovely preparation...



  9. I love erisseri..Nice recipe and pics, Lena..

    You can use icing sugar for the frosting, Lena..Good luck!! Waiting to hear from you :)

  10. Hi Lina..Good to see you after a while. How was Onam ? How is your baby?

    Love erissery and this is one of my fav combos..Loved your presentation in chatti too :-)

  11. It looks delicious, and I've never had it. I really like the 'roasted coconut' bit...

  12. The preparation looks s yummy n inviting although i had nvr heard of this speciality before yet the pleasing colors n recipe inspires me to try it out .

    Also a warm thanks for visitng my blog n leaving such a lovely comment. Take care n do keep in touch !!

    - Smita

  13. Adipoli!!looks yum & great click..btw how r u & lil princess..lv & hugs to her..:) pinee ente profile photo ulla pokalam ithavanne onam thinu guruvayuril ittatha..:)

  14. Looks good! Never had pumpkin this way before. Thanks for sharing. You have a fabulous site! Thank you for stopping by mine. Have a nice day!

  15. woww..superb snap Lena.. which camera do you use? presentation is amazing..