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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Ranting and cooking

To the nosy old man next door....
Pushing and prodding and hoping that staring at the envelope long enough will miraculously render it transparent just won't work.....If you want to know how much I pay the telephone department every month, all you have to do is ask me.....and I "may" tell you...
And while we are at it, let me also tell you that I know you always watch out of your window to see when I get my mail.....you really don't have to ask me if the courier guy delivered the package which you saw him bring in...
If you saw him walking to my place with a package, if you heard him ring the bell, then simple logic determines that I did get the package.....unless there's a new bermuda triangle between your home and mine.
Alright, with that finally off my chest, let's now get talking about Mathan erissery. Erissery is a very simple, rustic Kerala dish. It can be made using a variety of vegetables. My favourite is pacha mathan erissery (raw pumpkin erissery).

What you need:

Raw pumpkin - 3/4 cup, diced into medium sized pieces after removing the skin
Green chillies - 3
Fresh grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/3 tsp
Salt - to taste
Coconut oil - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - a few sprigs

Take two and a half cups of water in a pan. Add pumpkin pieces, salt and turmeric powder to it and boil until the pumpkin is cooked. Grind green chillies and coconut to a smooth paste and add this to the cooked pumpkin. If needed, add some more water at this stage. Boil for a few minutes. Switch off the heat and then pour the coconut oil on top. Garnish with fresh curry leaves.
Serve hot with rice.

17 comments:

Asha said...

Whoa! That guy is creepy!! He would make me mad! Try and tell him one day that it's not necessary to ask you all that q's.Be careful.
Color of that Erisserry is so yum!:)

Uma said...

erissery looks so delicious. lovely plate too.

Madhuram said...

Thanks for visiting my blog Jayashree.

I love this type of kootu very much. I didn't know that it was called eriseri though. Actually my mil uses the water which we use to clean the rice to make this kootu. I made it yesterday with zucchini and it came out very well.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi Jayashree...
That was a nice curry. Looks so good. Nice color.

ranji said...

jayashree..this curry looks good..so simple and tasty..so good with rice:)

Srivalli said...

Ah..thats some ranting...these nosy old ppl!...nice dish...have always been wondering how this is made...:)..i remember you telling anu abt this..

sowmya said...

erissery looks yum...have t o try this ..

sra said...

!!! I wonder why he wants to know how much you pay for the phone! He's probably a lonely old man with nothing better to do with his time. Just smile at him and ignore him!

jayasree said...

Love pachamathan erissery. The ingredients for grinding is slightly different from mine.

Arundathi said...

love mathan erissery. and this looks great with the raw pumpkin - have some at home actually!
about that man, i've found that when people are being inquisitive, just turn around and stick your tongue out at them - Just Kidding! I just smile and keep quiet when someone asks a Q i dont want to answer and soon they get the msg. :)

bhags said...

Well never had erisserry rather first time heard about it....but seems a ncie one.....

So you hve got neighbourer problem...only God can save you

Home said...

The erissery looks yummy!

homecooked.

Laavanya said...

Wow.. how very irritating.. i guess he's so bored that he has invent all these methods of bugging you.

Coming to the Erissery - looks great. I almost always end up maing olan with white pumpkin... must give this a shot.

bee said...

how about you mail a dead fish to him and watch as the courier guy rings his bell?

mitr_bayarea said...

Jayashree-

seems to be a very annoying type of person, hard to completely ignore.

Eriserry looks smashing.

Sagari said...

nice recipe jayashree

Balaganesh said...

what is the difference between erissery and pulissery, which i always wonder but careless when i eat :)
since i do some photography, i suck but when the curry is yellow which is nice lets not have a green serving bowl. reminds me of Pele, brazil and lot of other things which i can't relate to food.

nice blog and smells good too...

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