Chena Vazhakkai Erissery is a healthy vegetable made from raw bananas and yam. Erissery is a popular dish of Kerala and is relished in some parts of Tirunelveli dist. For any feast, be it for marriages or festivals like Onam ,Vishu and samradanai we prepare erissery In our home. Today I prepared ths dish for OnamSadhya. It is flavored with coconut, black pepper, cumin, and turmeric. The tempering of fried coconut, mustard seeds, urad dal, red chillies and curry leaves is what gives this dish all its flavour and aroma. Serve Chena Vazhakkai Erissery with steamed rice and Tomato Rasam .
Senai kizhangu(Yam ) -1 cup cut intopieces
Vazhaikka(Raw banana) -1 cup cutinto pieces
Pepper - ¾ tsp
Jeera - ½ tsp
Coconut ½ cup
Salt - as per taste
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Fresh scraped coconut – ½ cup
Urad Dal – 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
Curry Leaves – 8 to 10 leaves
1.Cut senai & vazhaikkai into small pieces, wash and Boil in water (to cover and a little more) with salt and tumeric or pressure cook for 2 whistles with salt and turmeric powder.
2.In the meanwhile, grind the coconut black pepper , cumin and redchilli into a fine paste adding some water.
3.When it is cooked add the ground masala ,boil for a couple of minutes adjust consistency add water now if needed. Remove from heat after about 2 to 3 minutes
4.Now for the seasoning heat the coconut oil add the mustard seeds , once it sputters add the curry leaves and 2 tbs of grated coconut and fry till golden brown then add to eriseri.
5.Stir to combine. Turn off the heat. Transfer the Chena Vazhakkai Erissery to a serving bowl.