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bowl of pumpkin erissery topped with coconut and chili
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5 from 4 votes

Pumpkin erissery

This simple pumpkin and coconut side has a lovely balance of sweet, savory and spice flavors.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2 (as side, or more if smaller servings)
Calories: 130kcal
Author: Caroline's Cooking


  • 2 cups pumpkin approx 240g, in cubes
  • teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ cup fresh coconut or frozen, as small chunks or grated
  • 1 fresh green chili or 2 if you prefer
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds or ground both fine
  • 2 tablespoon coconut fresh grated or desiccated, as you have
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 shallots small, or 1 large or ½ small onion, sliced
  • teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 4 curry leaves approx
  • 1 dry red chili (small)


  • Place the pumpkin cubes in a pot with the turmeric and cover with water (around 1 cup). Cover and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and let cook until the pumpkin is tender, around 5-7 minutes depending on the size of the pieces.
  • Meanwhile, put the coconut, chili and cumin in a small food processor and pulse them together to a rough paste. Alternatively, grate the coconut, finely chop the chili and grind them with the cumin with a pestle and mortar.
  • Once the pumpkin has cooked, drain it and mash. Add the coconut-chili paste and mix through. Leave over a low heat to cook slightly.
  • Meanwhile, dry toast the 2 tablespoon coconut in a skillet to be gently brown and set aside (this is to top at the end).
  • Add the oil to the skillet and add the mustard seeds and shallot slices/onion. Cook for a couple minutes to start softening then add the curry leaves and chili. Cook for a few more minutes - the onion should be at least very soft if not gently browned.
  • Add the onion and spices to the pumpkin, stir through and cook another minute or two then serve, topped with the toasted coconut (or stir it through).



Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 549mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 10024IU | Vitamin C: 56mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg