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raw papaya erisherry

Raw papaya erisherry, a coconut free recipe

A sadhya style recipe made delectable in a coconut free mode
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 37 mins
Course sidedish, Traditional
Cuisine diabetic friendly, Fusion, gluten free, Indian, Kerala, Medicinal, One pot, Pressure cooker, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 5 people


to pressure cook

  • 1 cup tur dal (pigeon pea)
  • 2 cups raw papaya cubed
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder

To powder

  • 10-12 almonds roasted
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1-2 dry red chilli

to add while mixing

  • 1-2 cups warm water
  • salt to taste


  • 1 tsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp Urad Dal
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 1 dry red chilli


  • Wash and clean the raw papaya. Remove the peel ( a bit thicker as the peel is quite bitter)
  • Core the young seeds by scraping with a spoon and dice the pulp into 1 inch cubes. Set aside two cups of this.
  • Wash one cup of tur dal ( pigeon pea), add three cups of water, turmeric powder and the cubed papaya into the pressure pan.
  • Seal the pressure cooker as per instructions and set on medium heat. Following two whistles simmer for about 7-10 minutes.
  • Let the pressure release naturally and open the cooker.
  • Meanwhile, Into a spice mill add 10-12 roasted almonds, cumin seeds and red chillies. powder them into a smooth finish.
  • Now, add this powder to the cooked vegetable and dal mix.
  • Add salt and warm water 1/4 cup at a time till a thick but scoopable consistency is achieved. Mix well.
  • In a small tempering pan( common in most indian houses, best made of cast iron and well sesaoned) add the oil, mustard seeds, red chiili and urad dal. Set on medium heat and allow the mustard to splutter. Remove from heat and add the curry leaves.
  • Add this tempering to the curry and serve hot with rice or flat breads.
    raw papaya erisherry


For the traditional coconut version, add two tbsp of fresh coconut in the place of the almonds. Also, add 1 tbsp to the tempering and roast well till golden and add that to the final mix.
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