February 21, 2007

ERISSERY!

Erissery with "E", is my contribution to Nupur's "A to Z of Indian Vegetables" event which is rounded up every week.This week's letter is "E". Thanks for hosting Nupur!:)

Well..this would be my first entry to this event which I found out about recently.This week's letter "E" vegetable or Indian dish starts with "E" was pretty hard to find at least for me! After going through several Indian cookbooks I finally found one dish called "Erissery",in one of my Kerala cookbooks.I said 'thank God' and cooked immediately before somebody else will post the same before me!;D


Erissery with Cauliflower:


But I did make lot of changes in the recipe because I didn't have the traditional Erissery vegetables (Yam,Pumpkin,Plantains,Suran etc),chose to make it with Cauliflower and use red chilli pd instead of green chillies.Hope my Keralite friends will forgive me!;D


How to make it:


Microwave 3 cups of Cauliflower with water and salt until soft.Drain the water leaving just enough for gravy.
Grind: 1/4 onion,1 garlic,2 tsp cumin seeds,1/4 cup fresh or dry coconut,1 tbsp tamarind juice,turmeric, red chilli powder or red chillies,1/2 cup sour cream or yogurt to a smooth paste.Keep it aside.



Heat 2 tsp oil,add 1/2 tsp each mustard seeds and cumin seeds,1 red chilli,few curry leaves,1/2 onion and 2 garlic both minced.When reddish,add ground masala,fry for few mins.Add cooked cauliflower with enough water,some cilantro and simmer until you get a thickish gravy.




That's it,wasn't that easy?! Enjoy! :))

(Breaking news!! Somebody else has sent Erissery before me to this event!Boo Hoo!;D)

22 comments:

USHA said...

Hi Ashaji,

Wow!that was a good try with cauliflower.......Good entry for Nupur's event too..

USHA said...

Hmmmm.....All the item for Shivaratri was wonderful...wow!chiroti with almondmilk is excellent...

I was fasting ,then did pooja in evening prepared Green peas sundal and Vermicelli Payasam....on that day..

Asha said...

Thanks Usha.I am just glad I found something starts with "E"!!:D It tastes good with Cauliflower though.

I will cut and paste your comment on FH too!:))Thanks for that too.Even my parents don't fast but my grand parents do all that very religiously!

Linda said...

Asha, you're way ahead of me on "e" -- erissery looks great! I love cauliflower. When I'm trying to avoid too much carb. I use it instead of rice :))

Now I have just come back from FH. Thank goodness for Aroma or I'd have nowhere to comment! "E" is for everything you made looks fantabulous! My favs: the bise bele bhath, photos and story about the festival (great photo from Mahek!) and chiroti in almond milk... yogurt rice looks so pretty with the purple onion, and all the little side dishes -- everything's very colorful! I would never have thought to put grated carrots with that moong dal salad. And I see now how your bajji batter comes out crispy. Would love a plateful of everything, dear -- what a feast! :)

Suma Gandlur said...

Asha,
your shivarathri dishes are just wonderful. But as soon as I saw the word chiroti, I quickly went to it's recipe. My mother have no clue how to make it. So, we associated this with weddings, the only time we got to eat it. I would prefer the difficult way you mentioned. Does the easy way you mentioned would be flaky? I wanted to know.

Sia's corner said...

u cleaver girl:) cooked a dish staring with E and posted b4 anyone could even scartch their head? he he he...
very simple dish indeed... i have got 2 cauliflowers in fridge(usual tesco's buy two for £1;) he he he...

TS said...

Ashaji,

This looks good! What a nice entry for the event! I can't think of much for the "E" event,except Eggplant..will wait for the ones that I can contribute to!

Hugs,Trupti

Asha said...

You are right, Trupti."E" vegetable is so hard to find but with Eggplants,you could make many.I didn't think of that!:))Thanks and hopr you try this dish.

Hope you try this dish Sia and also make sure to fry the masala before you add Gobi, because of the raw onion,it doesn't taste so good if you add to Gobi first and then the masala as the original recipe says.Enjoy.

Asha said...

Thanks Linda for taking to comment here for FH,I appreciate it.Well.you can't escape from rice in BBB though!:) Try Bajji with spices,you will like it.

Hi Suma,my easy one is crispy when served fresh.If you want flaky,you could add butter and rice flour mixture in between layers like Paratha and then fold like mine to fry.Almond milk is great with it.Hope you try.

Anh said...

This looks wonderful! I am out of idea for my cauliflower, but now I know what I will use it for! :D

Asha said...

Hi Anh,great to see you here.Cauliflower are called 'Gobi' in Hindi,if you google,you will get many Indian dishes with Cauliflower.Hope you try!:)

Jyothsna said...

No Asha, you are not forgiven! How can you tamper with authentic recipes?? :) But isn't that how new recipes are created?! Yeah, the cauliflower errissery looks great! I'm tempted to give it a try.:)

Asha said...

OH! NO!!:D
Thanks J! I feel lot better now.Usually I don't like to tamper with very traditional recipes specially if it's from other states.But I just had Cauliflower but it looks good,doesn't it!;)Hope you try.

Maheswari said...

Asha..Erissery with cauliflower that's a twist..i liked it...

Asha said...

Phew!! Thank you Mahesh.I guess twist is okay then.I was worried a little there girl!:D

david santos said...

Hello, Asha!
This work is very good.
Thank you

Linda said...

Oh Asha -- "breaking news" -- laughing here :):):) Enjoy your warm weather!

Asha said...

You are welcome David!:)) Hope you try making it too.

Linda,Nupur e mailed and said "don't kill me but there is already a Erissery somebody sent before you" and I just tore my hair up!!:D
Man! These gals are faster than me!!I bet she used the authentic veggies for hers too!
I have got to be VERY creative next week and guess what?! It's "F"!!!GAWD!!:))

Mishmash ! said...

Asha(ji) Dont know how I missed out so many recipes in Aroma...looks like u re posting one everyday ;)hmm..Erissery is one of the authentic veg dishes from kerala and let me tell u our prep is bit different. Nice to see ur twist :) U experiment a loooooooooooooot :)

Asha said...

Hi shn,I know I gave it a lot of twist to the original! :p I couldn't think of any E dishes,you see!

There are three weekly events going on now,so you will see atleast 3 posts a week here and sometimes more!!Monthly events are better for me,I get a little breather!

Aahaar Vihaar said...

Hi Asha, i usually make erisseri with yam. This is a great variation with cauliflower.

Asha said...

I know girl!:)) I couldn't come up with any of those traditional Erissery veggies except Cauliflower!!;D
Tastes great though,thank you Priya.I love your profile photo.