Pumpkin/Mathanga – Vanpayar Erisseri


Mathanga - Vanpayar Erisseri




 1. Pumpkin/Mathanga– 250 gm, diced (You can replace mathanga with butternut squash)

2. Red chori /vanpayar – 1/2 cup, dried

3. Green chilies – 3-4, slit

4. Grated coconut – 1 + 1/2 cup

5. Garlic – 2 small cloves

6. Black pepper corns – 5-6

7. Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp

8. Chilly powder – 1/4 tsp

9. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

10. Dry red chilies – 3

11. Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

12. Curry leaves – 2 sprigs

13.  Oil – 2 – 3 tsp

14. Salt  – to taste




1. Pressure cook the vanpayar till soft and done. Set aside.

2. In another vessel cook the pumpkin with salt, turmeric, chilly powder, slit green chilies and salt adding enough water to cook the pumpkin. (You can pressure cook it for 1-2 whistles).



3. Meanwhile grind  1 cup coconut, 2 cloves of garlic, whole black pepper corns and cumin seeds into a fine paste adding water, if needed.

4.  Add the ground coconut paste and the cooked vanpayar to the cooked pumpkin and mix well. Check for salt and add water if needed. If you prefer dry erissseri, you do not need to add water. Cook for a few minutes at medium-low heat.



5. In a frying pan heat coconut oil, splutter mustard seeds, fry the dry red chilies, curry leaves and then add remaining 1/2 cup grated coconut. Roast the coconut till it turns brown (If you want, you can pour the seasoning over the curry and then roast the coconut in the same pan).



6. Add this roasted coconut to the pumpkin and mix well. Check for salt. Serve hot with rice and a thoran/mezhukkupuratti.


Mathanga/Pumpkin Erissery


  1. It looks yummy..I love erisseri esp papaya erisseri..

  2. Yummy girls,
    I tried the mathanga vanpayar erisseri and loved it. I’ve put a picture in my blog

  3. Thanks for the erisseri recipe… very tasty!

  4. Deepa n Neethu,

    Glad to know that you loved this recipe :) Thanks for trying..

  5. Hi, I tried this recipe and it was delicious. I usually get the traditional kerala recipes from my mother, but this time as she was away, I landed here for the recipe. Please have a look at my blog post Mathanga Vanpayar Erisseri

  6. very nice recipe.tried and loved it.best with rice and ghee.thanks

  7. Hi Maya,

    I have tried many of your recipes and tasted success in all of them..This erissery recipe I tried yesterday and it came out really well, Just wanted to thank you for posting these recipes..Keep going!!!

  8. Hi Maya
    I tried your recipe
    its really tasty
    thank you

  9. I made this today ur style today & it turned out gud.. Thanks for sharing :)

  10. R.Vidya Devaraj says:

    can i use black eyed peas instead of Red chori ?

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