Chenakayi Erissery Recipe - Yam Erissery

Chenakayi Erissery Recipe, a simple Kerala recipe that is made in almost every household in Kerala. It is a simple dish that can be packed in Lunch Box or served as a side dish with your meals.

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Chenakayi Erissery Recipe - Yam Erissery
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Erissery is one of the famous dish from Kerala cuisine and an integral part of any Onam Sadya. The base of the erissery is a blend with fresh coconut, cumin, pepper, and chillies.

Among the veggies that are commonly used, Chenakayi or yam is one of the popular choices to make this yummy Erissery recipe. Taste of Chenakayi Erissery gets enhanced from roasted coconut and coconut oil tempering.

Serve this traditional Chenakayi Erissery Recipe along with Steamed Rice, Malabari Parotta and Kerala Kadala Curry Recipe.

If you like this recipe, here are more Kerala Style Recipes that you can make for your everyday meals:

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  2. Chicken Mapas Recipe (Chicken in Coconut Milk Curry)
  3. Brown Rice Kozhukattai Recipe (Savory Brown Rice Dumplings)
  4. Kerala Vendakkai Thoran Recipe (Okra Stir Fry with Coconut)

Cuisine: Kerala Recipes
Course: Side Dish
Diet: Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Kadai (Wok)
Prep in

15 M

Cooks in

15 M

Total in

30 M


4 Servings


  • 2 cups Elephant yam (Suran/Senai/Ratalu) , scraped well and cubed to bite size
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • Salt , to taste
  • For Grinding
  • 1 cup Fresh coconut , grated
  • 3 Green Chillies , (adjust)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Whole Black Peppercorns
  • For Tempering
  • 1 teaspoons Coconut Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves

How to make Chenakayi Erissery Recipe - Yam Erissery

  1. To begin making the Chenakayi Erissery Recipe, prepare all the ingredients required to make this dish.

  2. Take a heavy bottomed pan, add yam along with little water, turmeric and salt. Cover the pan and cook till it becomes soft.

  3. Meanwhile, prepare the masala. Take half of the coconut mentioned along with cumin, pepper, green chilli and grind to a coarse paste adding 2-3 tablespoon of water. Keep it aside.

  4. When the yam pieces are cooked well, mash them lightly using the back of the ladle.

  5. To the semi-mashed yam pieces, add the ground masala, salt and sprinkle a little water (if the water added initially has dried out). Mix everything well. 

  6. Keep the flame on low and cover and cook for 4-5 minutes so that all the flavors are infused. 

  7. Meanwhile, heat another pan and toast the coconut on low flame until golden brown. Keep aside. 

  8. Next, Prepare the tempering. Add coconut oil. When it is hot, add mustard seeds. Once they splutter, add curry leaves and switch off. 

  9. Finally, mix both the roasted coconut and tempering to the Yam erissery and gently give a stir. Reserve a little amount of roasted coconut for garnish.

  10. Garnish with roasted coconut and serve Chenakayi Erissery Recipe along with Steamed RiceMalabari Parotta and Kerala Kadala Curry Recipe.