Pumpkin Erissery – Phase 1

Pumpkin Erissery is a south Indian curry made with adzuki beans, also known as red chori beans. I’m not sure if it’s the same as red cowpeas (called vanpayar in Malayalam). I think it’s all the same small red bean with a black eye. It’s like a vegetarian chili. Traditionally, erissery contains freshly grated coconut, and a tempering in coconut or sesame oil. However these ingredients are not allowed on Phase 1 so I modified it. They can be made with Pumpkin or Elephant yams (Suran/Chena). Pumpkin is more readily available in the US and a Phase 1 ingredient.

This would count as your protein on the Phase 1 of FMD diet.


  • Adzuki Beans – 1 cup, soaked overnight or 8 hours
  • Pumpkin – a quarter piece (roughly 2 cups), cut into small chunks
  • Red pearl onions – 4 or quarter of a large onion, chopped
  • Green chillies – 2
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste


Pressure cook the soaked adzuki beans with enought water and some salt. Cook the pumpkin with some salt and turmeric powder in another saucepan with enough water till its soft. Drain and mash it roughly with the back of a spoon. Add the mashed pumpkin to the cooked beans. Adjust salt.

Grind onions, green chillies, curry leaves and cumin seeds. Heat a small pan and toast mustard seeds. Add the ground mixture and cook it for a few minutes till the onions become brown. If it sticks to the pan sprinkle a little water, or use veg. stock. Once the mixture is dry, add it to the beans and pumpkin. Erissery is ready to be served with brown rice.

Verdict: Bla! lol!.. sorry I don’t advise anyone to try this. Its not as tasty as the authentic erissery that involves ground coconut and spices tempered in oil. This was like a boring vegetarian chili. Now I have about 5 portions worth of this stuff in the fridge. I’ll try to eat as much of it as I can.. maybe sneak some of it to my husband as well. If it lasts after the diet, I can dress it up further with ground coconut and some oil. Otherwise, I’ll just toss it out.


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