Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Chenai-Vazhai Erissery (Yam N Plantain in Roasted Coconut Gravy)

Simple but delightful- that's how I would love to brag about this hot looking dish ! Erissery, a traditional Kerala dish has a combination of veggies with or without pulses/ beans and float in a coconut based gravy and further have roasted coconut wafting their divine aroma. Yup it is one coconut(ty) affair but then most kerala cuisine boasts of the joyful pleasures of adding them in the dish !
A few combinations besides yam n plantain that rock are Red Pumpkin with Black eyed Beans, Yam & Red Beans & even Papaya !!
The dish has a thick gravy like consistency though you can water it down if it's too thick for comfort.

It sees a lot of variations in its preparation as regards to the ingredients that go for the paste & the tempering. The tempering done adds the OOMPH factor to the dish - the roasted coconuts as the final step transports the dish to finer levels. Some versions of the dish see roasted shallots & garlic along with coconut - go for it if your taste-buds so pleases !

What goes:-

  • Yam - 1 cup (skin removed & cubed)
  • Raw Plantain - 1 cup (skin removved & cubed)
For the Paste :-
  • Coconuts - 1 cup - sliced/grated
  • Black Pepper Corns - 1 to 2 tbsp - to taste
  • Red Chillis - 2 to 3 - to taste
  • Cumin Seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt- to tatse
  • Water - as required
For Tempering :-
  • Coconut Oil - as required
  • Mustard , Urad Dal - 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves - a  few
  • Grated Coconut /Finely Sliced Coconut - 1/2 cup 
  • Shallots & Garlic - Chopped - to taste - optional

Here's How:-
Pressure cook the cut vegetables with turmeric powder & enough water till well done.

Lightly mash them but not to the point that the veggies lose their shape.I love my veggies to stand out so they are not overtly mushy ! In the meanwhile dry roast the peppercorns & red chillis till it turns a hotter shade of red and after it cools down grind them along with coconut & cumin to a fine paste.The roasted pepper in the dish gives it a smoky effect not to mention the strong flavour & heat !

In a pan add the cooked veggies with little water and bring them to a boil. Dunk in the ground paste along with salt and let it simmer for a while.

Prepare the tempering by allowing the mustard & urad dal to crackle in the hot oil. Add curry leaves and as it wilts , tip in the grated /finely sliced coconut. Saute till it turns golden n crispy. I prefer the coconuts to be very finely sliced for the tempering as it gives an extra crunch !

Spill the tempering to the dish, mix & serve hot with rice ! Enjoy !!

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  1. i luv erissery... urs look very tempting

  2. That coconut does make it look very much like a dish from Kerala. Sounds delicious...

  3. I am drooling over erissery! I love it!

  4. Roasted coconut gravy sounds superb !!!

  5. That sounds like such an authentic recipe ~ loved it totally :)
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  6. Love this erissery its so tempting.

  7. Love the look of the curry priya...but I don't eat yam as I am allergic to it...but I bet this would have tasted great.

  8. I am slowly discovering the pleasures of south Indian food other than Dosa, Idli and kinds of Rice, this looks very new to me and delicious too..

  9. very nice curry...looks delicious...

  10. this looks lovely and authentic :)

  11. Erriserry is my favorite..this looks very delicious,perfect with rice.

  12. yummmm! I love kerala dishes very much! :)

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  14. wow loved the ingredients here...thanks for posting this authentic recipe

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  15. This looks inviting and delicious...

  16. Feel like finishing that whole bowl,absolutely delicious and yummy..

  17. The erisseri looks great..i love this..:)

  18. Super combo Priya, Ur first pic is very appealing to me..Miss the chenai kizhangu here :(

  19. Very nice and innovative recipe. Looks delicious, yummy and tempting.

  20. super creamy erissery.looks great.

  21. Nice gravy! It looks very lovely and tempting...

  22. Very nice gravy, looks inviting & delicious too.

  23. Hello dear!! Happy to b here. Ur blog has very nice collection of recipes. Very very glad to follow u...

  24. love any erisseri..this looks absolutely yumm!!

  25. healthy erisseri!! a very good combo indeed!!