Yeriseri

 Yeriseri / Errisery is a very traditional dish of Kerala cuisine. It’s made with raw banana and yam. It is one of the dish that is part of the Onam Sadya. 

Onam is  the state festival of Kerala with State holidays on 4 days starting from Onam Eve (Uthradom) to the 3rd Onam Day.

In Kerala, it is the festival celebrated with most number of cultural elements such as Vallam Pulikali,  Pookkalam, Onathappan, Thumbi Thullal, onavillu , Kazhchakkula, Onapottan, Atthachamayam etc. Onam is reminiscent of Kerala’s agrarian past, as it is considered to be a harvest festival.

Ingredients 

Chopped raw banana- 1 cup
Chopped yam- 1 cup
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Water- 2 and 1/2 cups
Salt to taste
Whole pepper – 1/2- 1 tsp
Red chillies- 3-4
Grated fresh coconut- 1/2 cup+ 1 tbsp
Coconut oil- 3 tsps
Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
Hing( perungayam)- 1/4th tsp
Curry leaves- few

Method
 
Heat a pan, add chopped raw bananas, yam, salt to taste, turmeric powder and water. 
Cook till the vegetables become soft.

Roast pepper and red chillies in a tsp of oil. Cool and grind with 1/2 cup if coconut to a smooth paste. Mix this paste with half cup of water and add this to the cooked vegetables. Mix well and let it simmer. If it’s too thick add some more water. Check the seasonings.
Yeriseri

Once it starts boiling, take it off the gas.

Heat the remaining oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. When it starts spluttering add grated coconut and hing. Sauté till the coconut becomes golden. Add the curry leaves and cook for few mins. Add this tempering to the vegetables, mix well and serve hot with rice.
 

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