How to make Eriseri -

A tasty raw banana and yam preparation.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Yam (सूरन), Raw bananas (कच्चे केले)

Cuisine : Kerala

Course : Main Course Vegetarian


Eriseri Recipe Card


The cuisine of Kerala is very hot and spicy and offers several gastronomic opportunities. The food is generally fresh, aromatic and flavoured. Keralites are mostly fish-and-rice eating people. The land and the food are rich with coconut, though one cannot imagine Kerala food without chillies, curry leaves, mustard seeds, tamarind and asafoetida. Just a little tamarind can substitute tomatoes, but there is no real substitute for curry leaves. 
The locals put to good use whatever the land offers and the result is a marvellous cuisine that is simple yet palate tickling. 
Kerala has an abundance of jackfruits, pineapples, mangoes, custard apples and an endless variety of bananas. The unusual cuisine of Kerala brings to the fore the culinary expertise of the people of Kerala. Producing some of the tastiest foods on earth, the people of Kerala are gourmets with a difference.

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Eriseri Recipe

  • Yam 1 cm cubes 1 cup

  • Raw bananas 1 cm cubes 2 medium

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Black peppercorns 10

  • Coconut scraped 1/2 cup

  • Rice 1 tablespoon

  • Coconut oil 2 tablespoons

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Curry leaves 10-12


Step 1

Boil yam cubes in two cups of salted water with a pinch turmeric powder, drain and reserve. Grind peppercorns with little water to a smooth paste. Soak half the scraped coconut with rice in one cup warm water and grind to a smooth paste.

Step 2

Heat coconut oil and fry the remaining coconut to light brown. Cool and keep aside. Boil the raw banana in two cups salted water with turmeric powder. When nearly done add the cooked yam.

Step 3

Add the peppercorn paste to the vegetables and continue cooking. Add the coconut paste and adjust seasoning. Simmer till the gravy thickens. Stir in the browned coconut.

Step 4

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.

Step 5

When the seeds crackle, add curry leaves. Add this tempering to the curry and cover immediately to trap the flavours. Serve hot.

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