Thursday, September 8, 2016

Mathanga Erissery, Kerala Style Pumpkin Curry

            Today's post is going to be Mathanga Erissery/Pumpkin Curry, another dish that's served in the Onam Sadya. This is a very flavorful dish with a double dosage of coconut, it's added as a paste to the cooked vegetable and then again some sauteed coconut is mixed at the end and of course, coconut oil is used for cooking. I followed the recipe from ' The Essential Kerala Cookbook', it's again an easy dish and since pumpkin cooks fast, it's done in no time. The curry tastes really delicious and goes very well with rice, try it out if you like coconut..

Need To Have

  • Chopped Pumpkin/Mathanga/Parangikkai - 2 cups
  • Red Chilly Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Dried Red Chilly - 1, broken into two
  • Curry Leaves - 10
  • Grated Coconut - 2 tablespoons
  • Salt to taste

To Grind

  • Grated Coconut - 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons
  • Green Chilly - 1
  • Cumin Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon


          Cook the diced pumpkin with the chilly powder, turmeric powder and salt till done.

          In the meantime, using a little water grind together all the ingredients given under ' to grind ' and keep.

          Once the pumpkin is cooked, add the ground paste, mix and cook till the gravy thickens, then remove from the heat.

          Heat some coconut oil, add the mustard seeds, once it starts sputtering add the broken red chilly, curry leaves saute for a few seconds, then add the grated coconut and saute till the coconut turns golden brown. Remove and add this to the cooked pumpkin, mix and serve.

Instead of pumpkin, we can use yam, raw plantain in the curry or a mixture of all the above vegetables.
Also we can add some cooked red chori to the cooked pumpkin, I love that combo, but I ran out of it so I left it out.
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  1. Love pumpkin and this looks so delicious!

  2. Looks delicious. We add fried coconut at the end..

  3. Is there a substitute for curry leaves that those of us in the US can use? I wish I had access, even Amazon doesn't quite come through for those. ☹️

    1. Curry leaves have a unique flavor, any Indian grocery store that's close to you in the US sells curry leaves, I have lived in the US for 15 years, they are available there.

    2. Thank you! I'll have to look when I hit a city. I'm in a rural area and actually have to cook my own Indian food since there are no restaurants or Indian groceries within an hour drive. When I find them, I'm going to stock up!