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Monday, January 12, 2015

Vegetable Stew | Kerala Vegetable Ishtu | Breakfast Curries

Vegetable stew, or popularly called veg ishtu in Kerala, is a very simple coconut milk based curry made with a mix of vegetables.It serves best with paalappam, idiyappam and can also be served with chapathis or rotis.There are many ways of making this stew, and you can use any kind of mixed vegetables.I have used only beans, carrots and green peas as it is the most commonly found vegetables in all homes. Adding turmeric powder is optional in this curry, I have added in the pic post but not added in the video post though.My kids love this curry a lot as it has coconut milk and is mildly spiced compared to other curries.Do give this a try if you haven't tasted this before or if you like it!!

Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
Cooking time ~ 20 minutes
Author ~ Julie
Serves ~ 4-5
beans 1 cup chopped small
carrots 1 cup chopped small
green peas 1 cup thawed (if using frozen)
potato 1 cooked and mashed
onion 1 half moon sliced
ginger-garlic paste 2tsp
green chillies 2 vertical slit
cinnamon 1" stick
cloves 2-3
cardamom 2
turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
garam masala 3/4 tsp
pepper powder 3/4 tsp
coconut milk thick 1/4 cup or 2tbsp
coconut milk thin 1.5 cups
curry leaves few
oil 2tbsp
salt to taste

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  • Cook the potatoes with skin in a pressure cooker with water, turmeric powder(a pinch) and salt for 3 whistles or until cooked.Wait for the steam to release and then open, remove potatoes from water immediately, add cold water.Drain and then peel the skin off.Mash the potatoes roughly in small tid bits.Keep aside.
  • Heat a sauce pan and add the chopped vegetables;beans, carrots and sweet peas.Add 1/4 cup water and salt, cook until done.
  • In another pan, heat oil.Add in the whole garam masala;cinnamon, cloves and cardamom.Add in the sliced onions and curry leaves, sauté until translucent.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste, green chillies and sauté until the raw smell disappears.
  • Add the spice powders, turmeric powder, pepper powder and garam masala.Sauté for 30 secs and then add the cooked vegetables.Add the thin coconut milk and mashed potatoes.Adjust salt to taste.
  • Bring to a boil and let the flavours get nicely infused.The gravy will thicken slightly after 3–4 mins, finally add in the thick coconut milk.Turn off heat immediately, mix well and adjust salt if required, leave covered for 5 minutes.
  • Serve hot with paalappam or idiyappam.

* If you are using dry green peas, then soak and pressure-cook before adding with other vegetables.I have used frozen green peas.
 * The main spice is from the green chillies and pepper powder.So, add as per tolerance.
* I have used canned coconut milk and so have used only two milks thin and thick, but if you are squeezing coconut milk from freshly grated coconut then use the third coconut milk for cooking vegetables instead of water. 
* Omit adding turmeric powder if you wish to get the white colour of coconut milk, I try both ways.
* You can even add a paste of 10–12 cashews soaked & ground to make it richer, but this curry tastes good without adding the paste too.

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Fullscoops said... Best Blogger Tips

I love kerala stew!! This looks so good!

nandoos kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

kothipikkale... rathri nerathu manushane veruthe kothippikunnu.. looks super tempting..

Beena said... Best Blogger Tips

my favorite . Love it

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful, colorful and yummy veg stew.....tempting me.....

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

And a belated Happy B'rday to u.....:)
and that Opera cake is for u too.... :)

Sona said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious looking vegetable stew.. Looks so mouthwatering with the idiyappams...

Sooriya said... Best Blogger Tips

The stew looks so good!! Drolling here!

Anu Yalo said... Best Blogger Tips

Loved the stew and idiyappam combo

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

vellapam and ishtu is a killer combination! urs looks amazing...

Archana said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie the Ishtu looks yum.

sujitha said... Best Blogger Tips

looks delicious julie

great-secret-of-life said... Best Blogger Tips

best combo.. so yummy and tempting

meena said... Best Blogger Tips

Stew I love it. Goes with all breakfast items.Ages since I had nalla idiappam.

Padma said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy stew...loved the colour!!

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Remya Elizabeth Anish Thanx Remya,so sweet of you :)

Vineetha said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like it would be delicious with idiyappam!