I was about to post the kathrikkai kara kozhambu recipe but I wanted to post this before that. I have been making this eriseri almost every saturday for the past few weeks. Erisery is a simple Kerala dish made with yams and pumpkins. It goes very well with rasam rice or puli seri. N’s aunt who was visiting us taught me this recipe.
Yellow pupmkin or butternut squash 1 cup
Yam /suran/ chennai 3/4 th of a cup- (I used frozen)
Salt as needed
Turmeric powder -1/8 tsp
Red chili powder 1/4 to 1/2 tsp
Jaggery a pinch
Coconut oil-2 tbsp
Mustard seeds-1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds-1/4 tsp
Urad dal- 1/2 tsp
Chana dal 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves few
Grated coconut- 2 tsp
To powder: 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp grated coconut
Cut the yam and pumpkin/ squash into 1″ cubes. The pumpkin we get here in USA cooks fast on stove top but I know the ones we get in India needs to be pressure cooked and then added to the recipe.
Wash the yam and pumpkins together, add salt, turmeric powder and red chili powder , cook on a stove top in a pan with very little water( may be 1/4 cup) till the veggies are cooked through.
Now add the coarsely ground cumin and coconut powder and mix well.
Then is the tadka part. In a pan, heat coconut oil, add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add Chana dal, urad dal and then cumin seeds. Add curry leaves. Switch off and then add the grated coconut, mix well and pour it over the pumpkin and yam mixture. If desired, add a pinch of jaggery. Drizzle with 1/2 tsp coconut oil and serve hot with rice! Tastes divine and looks divine!! So simple but very comforting soul food.