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Erissery 
M. Anantharaman, Vinayaka Caterers, Kochi
 Story Dated: Thursday, April 24, 2014 8:6 hrs IST 
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There are different ways to make the erissery, but here it is made with yam and raw banana. A tasty side dish, to add to your sadhya.
Ingredients 
01. Yam  - 25 g
02. Raw banana (Ethakka) – 1
03. Pepper powder – 1 tbsp
04. Water – 1 ½ l
05. Turmeric powder – 1 tbsp
06. Salt – to taste
07. Coconut (grated) – from one half of a coconut
08. Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
09. Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
10. Mustard seeds- ¼ tsp
11. Coconut (grated) - from one half of a coconut
12. Ghee -  1 tbsp
13. Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Preparation 
01. Chop the yam into small pieces and place it in water.
02. Slice the skin from the etheyka and draw four equal slits lengthwise. Now slice each piece diagonally into smaller pieces and place it in water.

03. Dissolve the pepper powder in water and stir it well. When the powder settles, drain out the liquid.
04. Once again, add water and strain it through a muslin cloth.
05. Add the yam, turmeric powder and salt to this water and boil it well.
06. When the yam is three fourths cooked, add the chopped etheykka pieces and continue to cook it till done.

07. Mix the grated coconut and the cumin seeds and grind it well. Add this paste to the cooked vegetables and keep it all to boil.

08. When it boils well, remove from the flame.
09. Heat coconut oil in a frying pan, and add the mustard seeds. When it splutters, to this add grated coconut from one half of a coconut, mashed well by hand without adding water.

10. Keep stirring well all the time.
11. When the coconut is well fried, add the ghee and mix well. Next remove a small amount of coconut from the centre and make a small hole.

12. To this add the cumin seeds. When it splutters, remove from the flame and add the contents to the cooked yam mixture.
13. Mix well and serve.
14. Take care to keep the flame at the minimum or lowest possible,when frying the coconut, to prevent it from burning.
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