Erissery/ Pumpkin and Red Beans Curry


Yellow Pumpkin – 1/2 kg

Red Beans/ Van Payar – 1/2 cup

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Chilly powder – 1/4 tsp

Salt – to taste

For Grinding

Grated coconut – 1 cup

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Green chillies – 4

Cumin seeds/ Jeera – 1/4 tsp

For Seasoning

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Dry red chillies – 3 broken, seeds removed

Curry leaves – 2 sprigs

Grated coconut – 2 tbsp

Coconut oil – 1 + 1/2 tbsp


Soak red beans in water overnight.  Wash and add 2 cups of water and pressure cook for 8 minutes on a low flame after the first whistle.  Let it cool.  Meanwhile, peel and cut the pumpkin into cubes.  Cook it with 1 cup of water, salt, chilly and turmeric powders.  Mash the cooked beans a bit and add to the pumpkin.  Cook till it is well cooked.  Mash till 3/4th of the mixture becomes a paste.  Grind the above mentioned ingredients to a fine paste and add to the curry.  Mix well and switch off the flame.  Heat 1 tbsp oil in a small pan and splutter mustard seeds.  Add red chillies and curry leaves.  Pour this over the ‘Erissery’.  Now heat 1/2 tbsp oil in the same pan and fry grated coconut till golden brown.  Add this to the ‘Erissery’ and mix well.  Serve with steamed rice.

‘Erissery’ is an essential part of ‘Onasadhya’.  Hope you will make yummy ‘Erissery’ this ‘Onam’…!


My dear friends Sarah and Shifa has shared this beautiful award with me.  Thanks a lot dearies!!!

I am sharing this award with my friends Satya, Pravs, Priya, Sangeetha, Hari Chandana, Prajusha and Raks.

  1. I have not had errosery for such a long time, this looks so so good.

  2. Fingerlicking erissery, makes me drool..

  3. adipoli..ente all time fav annu vaayil vellam niranju..:)congrats and Thx for sharing with me..happy to receive it from u.:)

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this award with me. Past some days i found it hard to open your site. Site was not loading. Erissery looks delicious. You have posted so many onam dishes. Hope had a good onam sadya.

  5. Hi Lissie,

    Thank you for posting this recipe, I prepared this for onam and it came out very well.. My family liked it very much.

    Sorry am wishing you very late, couldn’t log in the last two days, wish you and your family a very happy onam.


  6. Hi Priya,

    Belated Onam Wishes to you and your family!

    Thanks a lot for trying my Onam recipes! If you haven’t tried ‘Kootu Curry’ and ‘Puli Inji’, try them whenever time permits… you will like them 🙂


  7. Hello Lissie,
    I sure will..Will let you know how it comes 🙂
    We celebrated onam on Sunday, my hubby had to attend a meeting on main onam day. Where are you now? Are you still in bangalore?


  8. erissery looks yummy.thanks a lot for sharing me this award.

  9. Tried you erissery yesterday for a pot luck and it was super hit. Followed everything except substituting black eye peas for red beans (soaked for 3 hrs or so)as I didn’t have red beans and also replaced olive oil for coconut oil. It was very very good. Thanks for this awesome recipe.

  10. Hi Rg,

    Glad to hear that you tried erissery and carrot halwa and liked them both…! Thank you so much! Hope you will try my other recipes too..

    Happy cooking,

  11. hi chechy, how many servings are these ingredients as well for this dish..kindly respond.. awesome website..:) grt dishes

  12. Hi Abinsha,

    This quantity for ‘Erissery’ will be sufficient for 8 servings.

    Happy Onam to You and your family!