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Chena-Vazhakkaya Erissery

Posted by Annita on October 30, 2007

Erissery is a popular dish in Kerala,a variety of erisseris can be prepared by substituting different vegetables,pulses or a combination of vegetables and pulses.In some parts of Kerala,Erisseri is even served in traditional Sadyas.Of all the erisseris Vazhakka- Chena Erissery is my favorite.



Fresh Plantains(Vazhakkaya) along with the skin cut into big pieces – 1 cup
Yam/Suran(Chena) cut into big pieces – 1 cup
Grated coconut -1 and 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder – 1 tsp
Black Pepper powder – 1 tsp
Cumin seeds(Jeerakam) – 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
Red chillies whole – 2
Curry leaves – a sprig
Salt – to taste
Oil – as needed


Mix together plantain pieces,yam pieces,chilly powder,turmeric powder and salt and cook them in a pan or a pressure cooker adding just enough water.When they are cooked well,mash it lightly with the back of a spoon.

Now grind together 1 cup coconut,cumin seeds and pepper powder into a coarse paste and add this paste into the vegetables and boil it until it reaches a thick consistency.Turn off the heat and let the erissery rest for a while.

Now heat oil in another pan and pop mustard seeds.Add whole red chillies,curry leaves and the rest of the grated coconut into it and fry until coconut reaches a golden brown color.Pour the seasoning over the erissery.Mix well and serve hot with rice.


The plantains i’ve used here were not fresh and thats why the color of erissery is brown.Erissery prepared with fresh green plantains will be in light greenish yellow color.

Note:-Instead of red chilly powder you can again use pepper powder and that’ll give a diiferent flavour.

Recipe Source :- Vanitha

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20 Responses to “Chena-Vazhakkaya Erissery”

  1. Mishmash! said

    Yes, in our parts , erissery is very much a part of sadya and I dont remember having a sadya without that….my aunt prepares this combo and it is quite tasty as u said :)

  2. meeso said

    This really looks good, no matter what the color :)

  3. Suganya said

    Lovely pic.

  4. Cynthia said

    Ouuuuu, another plantain dish I must try.

  5. Rajitha said

    reminds me of what my periamma used to make…yumm!!

  6. d said

    annita, i am a regular reader of your blog and enjoy it very much. we are not from kerala – but we have a lot of friends there and we go there very often and we love kerala food. i tried your fish curry in coconut milk – it turned out yumm and was so easy too. i also tried your paalappam and naadan egg roast, both came out very nice. thanks for sharing your recipes with us.

  7. Rg said

    Oh so no daal or black eye peas in this erissery, hmmm……I’ll definitely give it a try and let you know. Thanks for sharing this recipe Annita.

  8. Happy Cook said

    Love errisery. The picture looks so good that looking at itself one wants to have errisery

  9. lekshmy said

    i love it…my mom used to make it….miss tat…u;r pic is making me hungry

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  11. jisha said


    thanks for this one..annita x’mas nu samayamundenkil oru vattayappam receipie postamo?

  12. ooh dude, thats kind of scary looking

  13. Great recipies,i was redirected to your page from “Injipennu”,great to meet you here,who still relish our good old kerala recipies. will be trying out your recipies and so also my kids, with your cake recipies

  14. Ramki said

    Hi Annita,
    Am blogging your Erissery as a model recipe in the 1001 Kerala curries cookbook at

    /Thanks for the recipe

  15. chris said

    so yummy so yummy.We loved it…my first erissery.thank you so much

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