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Kerala Style Vegetable Stew Recipe / How to Make Kerala Vegetable Stew / Indian Vegetable Stew Recipe / Mixed Vegetable Stew / Vegetable Ishtu Recipe / കേരളാ വെജിറ്റബിൾ സ്ടൂ റെസിപ്പി

Kerala Vegetable Stew / How to Make Vegetable Stew.

Nothing hits a day’s dinner than a rich and steaming bowl of Stew and Appam!! Appam and Stew is a traditional breakfast dish of Keralites. Stew can be prepared with mixed vegetables or only of potatoes, or even chicken or mutton. Today I made stew with mixed vegetables.

Appam is a breakfast dish of Keralites, especially the Syrian Christians. Vegetable stew also goes well with Palappam or Appam, Vellayappam or Kallappam, Idiyappam, Homemade Bread etc. as for Breakfast or as a main dish for lunch or for dinner. It’s a combination any malayali or a Keralite would indulge. If you have coconut milk, and some vegetables you can make it fast. Since in this dish we use a lot of vegetables it is a healthy too.

I used Carrot, Beans, Potato and Green peas here, but of course you can prepare this Vegetable Stew with any vegetables of your choice. Next time when I make this, I might add some other vegetables like cauliflower, mushrooms or bell pepper, but usually Potatoes, carrots and beans are the vegetables we use. Even with a single vegetable you can make it.

It is spiced with cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, garlic-ginger paste, Black pepper and green chilly and simply flavoured with Salt, pepper and coconut milk. I love the colours these veggies provided. In fact if you want to add meat to this you can prabably do it.
One of the best ways to develop awesome flavours in a stew is to sear the vegetables in oil before stewing. So sauté all veggies well in oil before adding coconut milk and boil it.

This one I made yesterday night for dinner which is budget friendly and loaded with flavours. It’s a classic dish with just a few ingredients. I make it all the time and this time I used canned Coconut milk which is very quick, easy and effortless. I will definitely be making this Vegetable Stew again.
Here goes the recipe of Kerala Vegetable Stew

Preparation Time – 10 minutes
Cooking Time – 15 minutes
Number of servings – 6
Calories - 204.3

Ingredients for Kerala Style Vegetable Stew:

French Beans – 10, cut length wise
Potato – 2 medium sized, peeled and cubed
Carrot – 2 medium sized, diced
Green Peas – ½ cup (I used frozen peas)
Onion (savala) – 2 medium sized, finely sliced
Coconut Oil – 2 tbsp.
Cinnamon – 1" piece
Green Cardamom – 4 small
Cloves – 4
Black Pepper – ¼ tsp.
Salt – 3 tsp.
Thin Coconut Milk – 2 cups
Thick coconut milk – 1 cup
Green Chillies – 3 medium sized
Homemade Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tbsp.
Salt – to taste
Curry Leaves – 2 sprigs

How to Make Kerala Vegetable Ishtu:

Chop all the vegetables and keep it aside. Prepare Coconut Milk and keep it aside. 

Heat Coconut Oil in a non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Splutter cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and black pepper. Sauté until fragrant. Now add Homemade Ginger Garlic Paste. And sauté until the raw smell goes away and starts to get light brown colour. Add green chillies and sauté for a minute. Now add sliced onions and sauté it till it gets translucent. Start adding all chopped veggies and sauté it for about 5 minutes till its raw smell goes out. Add curry leaves. Then add green peas and sauté it well for 2 minutes. Next add second diluted coconut milk. Let the veggies get cooked well in this coconut milk on a low heat. Add salt to taste. Close the lid and cook over low heat.

Remove the lid and add thick first coconut milk. Mix it well and cook for few more minutes till it comes to boil. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve it with appam, palappam or idiyappam.. To get the recipe of Kerala Palappam
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My Recipe Notes on Kerala Style Vegetable Stew:

1. I used very thin cinnamon, so has taken 3 pieces.
2. I have used coconut oil; you can use vegetable oil also. .
3. Using coconut milk  enhances the flavour and taste. For getting the first thick coconut milk, add 1 cup shredded coconut with 1 cup water and blend it well for about one minute. Filter it and your thick coconut milk is ready. Use the strained coconut and 1 cup of water and blend for another one minute. Now extract the thin coconut milk.
4. As I have used tinned coconut milk, for getting second coconut milk, I have diluted tinned coconut milk by adding 1 ½ cups of water to ½ cup of tinned coconut milk.
5. It totally depends on how rich or mild you want this curry to be. If you want a rich stew, increase the amount of first extract of coconut milk.
6. This vegetable Stew gets its’ spiciness from Black Pepper and Green chillies. You can use either both or only one as per your choice.
7. I have used frozen green peas. If you are using dried green peas, soak it in water minimum for 6 hours and pressure cook it until it is done.

Pictorial of Kerala Style Vegetable Stew:


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Serve Kerala Vegetable Stew with Kerala Palappam or Appam or Vellayappam or Kallappam .. 

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  • Susan (2016-02-13 02:56:30)
    I forgot to ask you if there is a way to print the recipe without all the information on the side bar and using a larger font? Thanks, Susan
    Seena Koshy (2016-02-13 19:52:55)
    I don’t think so Susan. Print options for the blogs will come out like this only.. I will check it once again.. :)
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    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipes. I love the pictures and the tips you provide. You take us step by step through the recipe which is so helpful to people like me who lack the imagination that creative cooks like you are blessed with. :-)
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  • Nitha Maria (2015-03-27 14:27:16)
    This website is really interesting and you are just amazing...
    Seena Koshy (2015-03-27 18:27:34)
    happy to hear those words.. :)
  • Jasna Punnath (2015-03-27 14:26:17)
    Delicious... Love it...
    Seena Koshy (2015-03-27 18:29:22)
    Thank you.. :)
  • Athira M Raj (2015-03-27 14:25:20)
    Wonderful breakfast...
    Seena Koshy (2015-03-27 18:30:07)
    Hop you will try it out one day Athira.. :)
  • Christy Joseph (2015-03-27 14:24:26)
    Wow...dying to go home and eat this...
    Seena Koshy (2015-03-27 16:43:07)
    Nice to hear that someone loves to visit their home immediately to have this after seeing my pictures.. Thanks a lot Christy.. :)
  • Kevin Thomas Chacko (2015-03-27 14:23:37)
    Brilliant... I want to have this now...
    Seena Koshy (2015-03-27 18:35:51)
    You are welcome to my place now itself Kevin.. :)
  • Christy Joseph (2015-03-27 14:10:58)
    Thank You..Tis is so detailed..
    Seena Koshy (2015-03-29 05:00:30)
    yes Christy.. my way of doing things.. But sometimes it is a tiresome job.. :)
  • Nitha Maria (2015-03-27 14:02:42)
    I Love it... So fresh and colorful....
    Seena Koshy (2015-03-27 20:48:15)
    Thank you Nitha..
  • padma (2015-01-19 05:46:33)
    Very tempting stew...would love to try it!!
    Seena Koshy (2015-01-19 17:21:14)
    Thank you Padma..
  • JayanthiSindhiya (2014-11-25 04:15:18)
    Nice combo for appam,lovely clicks
    Seena Koshy (2014-11-25 11:54:49)
    yeah, Its an apt combo for appam. Thanks again for stopping by..
  • Shyam (2014-11-24 23:56:58)
    Looks really yummy .... will try this week end for a Veggie guest dinner
    Seena Koshy (2014-11-25 11:52:35)
    yes, this is an apt dish for veggie guests.. Hope you will revert back..
  • marudhuskitchen (2014-11-24 15:21:07)
    Super light stew...lovely
    Seena Koshy (2014-11-24 19:33:41)
    Thanks for stopping by..
  • Sindhiya (2014-11-24 15:17:00)
    Lovely stew..looks delicious!!
    Seena Koshy (2014-11-24 19:32:32)
    yes Sindhiya. It was awesome.. Thanks always..
  • beena (2014-11-23 18:02:57)
    Delicious veg stew. Love it
    Seena Koshy (2014-11-23 18:16:15)
    Thanks Beena..
  • Anupama (2014-11-23 16:36:58)
    delicious stew!
    Seena Koshy (2014-11-23 16:41:55)
    thanks and cheers..

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