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Red Cowpea(payar), pumpkin and raw banana cooked in flavorful coconut gravy. This dish is called Mathanga Erisseri in Kerala and one of the popular recipe for Onam/Vishu Sadya. This is an easy and delicious Red Cowpea, and Pumpkin curry and goes well with rice.

Kerala Style Red Cowpea and Pumpkin Curry with Coconut (Mathanga Erissery)

Red Cowpea(payar), pumpkin and raw banana cooked in flavorful coconut gravy. This dish is called Mathanga Erisseri in Kerala and one of the popular recipe for Onam/Vishu Sadya. This is an easy and delicious Red Cowpea, and Pumpkin curry and it goes well with rice.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, kerala
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Author Jane Jojo

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Red Cowpea (Red Payar)
  • 1/2 kilogram Pumpkin
  • 2 number Raw Banana (medium size)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder

Grind

  • 1 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 4 number Shallots
  • 2 number garlic
  • 4 number green chilli
  • 1 pinch Jeerakam

Seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 sprig curry leaves
  • 3 number dry red chilli
  • 1 1/2 cup grated coconut

Instructions

  1. Soak Red Cowpea / payar overnight in 2 cups of water. Add the soaked cowpea along with the water into the pressure cooker. Add extra water up to the level of the cowpea, so that it's completely soaked. Add salt and turmeric powder. Pressure cook for 2 whistles or until cowpea is cooked well.
    Red Cowpea(payar), pumpkin and raw banana cooked in flavorful coconut gravy. This dish is called Mathanga Erisseri in Kerala and one of the popular recipe for Onam/Vishu Sadya. This is an easy and delicious Red Cowpea, and Pumpkin curry and goes well with rice.
  2. Red Cowpea(payar), pumpkin and raw banana cooked in flavorful coconut gravy. This dish is called Mathanga Erisseri in Kerala and one of the popular recipe for Onam/Vishu Sadya. This is an easy and delicious Red Cowpea, and Pumpkin curry and goes well with rice.
  3. Red Cowpea(payar), pumpkin and raw banana cooked in flavorful coconut gravy. This dish is called Mathanga Erisseri in Kerala and one of the popular recipe for Onam/Vishu Sadya. This is an easy and delicious Red Cowpea, and Pumpkin curry and goes well with rice.
  4. Remove pumpkin skin. Scrape the raw banana skin a bit. You don't have to remove the whole banana skin. Chop pumpkin and raw banana into 1-inch cube pieces.
    Red Cowpea(payar), pumpkin and raw banana cooked in flavorful coconut gravy. This dish is called Mathanga Erisseri in Kerala and one of the popular recipe for Onam/Vishu Sadya. This is an easy and delicious Red Cowpea, and Pumpkin curry and goes well with rice.
  5. Red cowpea generally takes more time than pumpkin and banana. If cowpea is cooked well after 1st step, remove it from the cooker and keep it aside. Otherwise, cook red cowpea again along with pumpkin and banana. Add chopped pumpkin and banana into the cooker. Add 1 tsp salt, chilli powder, and turmeric powder. Pressure cook for 1 whistle or until it's cooked.
    Red Cowpea(payar), pumpkin and raw banana cooked in flavorful coconut gravy. This dish is called Mathanga Erisseri in Kerala and one of the popular recipe for Onam/Vishu Sadya. This is an easy and delicious Red Cowpea, and Pumpkin curry and goes well with rice.
  6. Grind all the ingredients listed under the grind section. Add the ground coconut mix to the cooker. Let it boil. Switch off the stove.
    Red Cowpea(payar), pumpkin and raw banana cooked in flavorful coconut gravy. This dish is called Mathanga Erisseri in Kerala and one of the popular recipe for Onam/Vishu Sadya. This is an easy and delicious Red Cowpea, and Pumpkin curry and goes well with rice.
  7. Red Cowpea(payar), pumpkin and raw banana cooked in flavorful coconut gravy. This dish is called Mathanga Erisseri in Kerala and one of the popular recipe for Onam/Vishu Sadya. This is an easy and delicious Red Cowpea, and Pumpkin curry and goes well with rice.
  8. Red Cowpea(payar), pumpkin and raw banana cooked in flavorful coconut gravy. This dish is called Mathanga Erisseri in Kerala and one of the popular recipe for Onam/Vishu Sadya. This is an easy and delicious Red Cowpea, and Pumpkin curry and goes well with rice.
  9. Heat 2 tsp oil in another thick bottomed pan. Splutter mustard seeds. Add dried red chilli and curry leaves. Once sauteed, add grated coconut. Fry the coconut until brown. Please make sure that it doesn't get burnt.
    Red Cowpea(payar), pumpkin and raw banana cooked in flavorful coconut gravy. This dish is called Mathanga Erisseri in Kerala and one of the popular recipe for Onam/Vishu Sadya. This is an easy and delicious Red Cowpea, and Pumpkin curry and goes well with rice.
  10. Red Cowpea(payar), pumpkin and raw banana cooked in flavorful coconut gravy. This dish is called Mathanga Erisseri in Kerala and one of the popular recipe for Onam/Vishu Sadya. This is an easy and delicious Red Cowpea, and Pumpkin curry and goes well with rice.
  11. Add fried coconut mix to the cooker. Mix it well. Serve with rice.
    Red Cowpea(payar), pumpkin and raw banana cooked in flavorful coconut gravy. This dish is called Mathanga Erisseri in Kerala and one of the popular recipe for Onam/Vishu Sadya. This is an easy and delicious Red Cowpea, and Pumpkin curry and goes well with rice.
  12. Red Cowpea(payar), pumpkin and raw banana cooked in flavorful coconut gravy. This dish is called Mathanga Erisseri in Kerala and one of the popular recipe for Onam/Vishu Sadya. This is an easy and delicious Red Cowpea, and Pumpkin curry and goes well with rice.
  13. Red Cowpea(payar), pumpkin and raw banana cooked in flavorful coconut gravy. This dish is called Mathanga Erisseri in Kerala and one of the popular recipe for Onam/Vishu Sadya. This is an easy and delicious Red Cowpea, and Pumpkin curry and goes well with rice.