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Chena-Kaya Erissery

Chena kaya erisherry


  1. Chena /Elephant yam-(cut into small cubes)-
    1 cup
  2. Pacha kaya/Raw plantain-( cut into small cubes,skin on)-
    3/4 Cup
  3. Red chili powder-
    1/2 tsp
  4. Turmeric powder-
    1/4 tsp
  5. Black pepper powder-
    1/4 to 1/2 tsp
  6. Salt-
    to taste
  7. Water-
    1 cup( or as required)
  8. Grated coconut-
    1/2 cup
  9. Coconut oil-
    1 tsp
For coconut-cumin paste
  1. Grated coconut-
    3/4 cup
  2. Cumin seeds-
    1/2 tsp
  3. Water-
    as required
For tempering
  1. Cumin seeds-
    1/8 tsp
  2. Curryleaves-
    1 sprig
  3. Dry red chilies-(optional)
    1 or 2 nos
  4. Black pepper powder-
    1/4 tsp
  5. Coconut oil/Ghee-
    as requied
  • In a blender,combine together all the ingredients listed under’ For coconut-cumin paste’ to form a thick smooth paste.Keep aside.
  • Heat 1 tsp coconut oil,and add 1/2 cup grated coconut,stir fry until it turns golden brown over a medium low flame.(Stir it continuously to prevent burning).Keep aside.
  • In a pan,add chena,kaya,red chili powder,turmeric powder,black pepper powder,salt  and water.Mix well.Cook until it is done.Lightly mash it with the back of the ladle.
  • Add the ground coconut-cumin paste.Add more salt ,if required.Mix well and cook for 1 or 2 minutes.Switch off the stove.
  • Now,add the roasted coconut and mix well.
  • For tempering heat coconut oil and 1 tsp ghee,add cumin seeds.Let it splutter.Add curry leaves and dry red chilies.Saute for few seconds.Add pepper powder ,mix well and switch off the stove.
  • Pour this over the curry and mix well.

Serve with rice.

  • Adjust the quantity of water ,according to the consistency required.
Chena kaya erisherry recipe

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  • Reply
    August 25, 2013 at 9:25 am

    nice combo of vegetables.. looks yum

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    Happy’s Cook
    August 26, 2013 at 5:56 am

    yummy and lovely chena recipe…

  • Reply
    August 27, 2013 at 4:59 am

    One of my favorites, looks delicious.

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    February 1, 2016 at 6:42 am

    tried this today…came out really gud..thanks for the recipe….

    • Reply
      March 8, 2016 at 8:13 am

      Thank you suji for the feedback..happy that you liked it.
      Happy cooking

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    Hariharan Aiyer
    September 8, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Amazing. Got it perfect. Thanks Vidya ma'm

    • Reply
      November 18, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Thank You

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