Chena and Kaya Erissery

Post No.134

 Onam the traditional festival of Kerala and this year it is falling in the month of September. So I thought of including some onam sadya recipes. I will be adding more recipes eventually to this collection. Today I am doing an Erissery with raw Banana  and Yam. Erissery is a traditional coconut based gravy dish that is prepared especially on the day of onam.  Erisseri is a  tasty side dish which can be served with Rice.


250 gram Elephant yam peeled  and chopped

2 Raw Banana peeled and chopped

½ tsp chilli powder

¼ tsp Turmeric powder

1 tsp black pepper powder

Salt  to taste

For Grinding

1 cup grated coconut

1 tsp cumin seeds

For Tempering

¼ cup Fresh grated coconut

½ tsp Mustard seed

2 dry red chillies cut into small pieces

1 sprig curry leaves

1tbsp coconut oil


Grind the coconut and cumin seed to a fine paste by adding water little by little

In a pan add yam, banana, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, black pepper powder, salt and water. Mix well. Cook until it is done. Lightly mash it with the back of the ladle.

Add the ground coconut paste and let it simmer for 3 to 4 minutes. Adjust the water level and switch off the flame.

In a small pan heat coconut oil and add mustard seeds and red chillies. When the mustard seed splutter add the grated coconut and curry leaves.

Fry the coconut till they turn crunchy and light brown. Switch off and pour the tempering  over the Erissery.

Now your delicious Erissery is ready to serve.

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