We are in the middle of 10-day Onam celebration which began on 12th August, and ends on 23rd August 2021. Onam celebrates the homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali, while the word Onam refers to the 'rice harvest in Kerala. This is the time when good food takes over the celebrations and its time to feast over Onam Sadhya - a 26-dish vegetarian feast which is served on the 10th day of Onam. While we’ve already told you all about this feast, some of the dishes in the feast are worth a separate discussion.  

Mathanga Erissery is one such delicacy from Kerala that is wholesome and delicious. Made with a combination of pumpkin with a host of ground spices, erissery doesn’t just sit proudly at Onam Sadhya but also at your usual lunch table. While one can experiement with the choice of vegetables too – think of jackfruit, raw banana or yam, the primary ingredients remain papaya and a generous amount of grated coconut. You can also add pulses to the dish to make it all the more nutritious. Look at the ways erissery is open to experimentation! You can serve it with another staple from Kerala- red rice.


How To Make Mathanga Erissery At Home 

Just like the dish, the recipe of erissery is simple too. Just some sliced pumpkin cubes boiled and mashed together to cook with a homemade coconut paste and a couple of spices including turmeric powder and red chilli powder. It is simmered on a medium flame until cooked tender and is topped off with a sizzling tempering of mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves and dried red chillies along with fresh grated coconut.  

Sounds interesting? You can make it at home with a simple recipe yourself! 

Find the full recipe of mathanga erissery here. You can always add in your choice of veggies instead of pumpkin. Try it at home and share your experience with us.