Sunday 24 November 2013

Vegetable Stew/Vegetable Ishtu/Potato & Carrot Stew – Kerala Special/Vegetable Stew Recipe with step by step photos

Vegetable Ishtu is a traditional and authentic dish of Kerala, called as Vegetable stew in English. Ishtu/Stew is usually prepared just with potatoes or combination of vegetables. This stew is very easy to make, with mild spices and enriched with coconut milk. Ishtu is usually served as accompaniment with appam, idiappam, dosa etc for breakfast. I still remember having this stew at restaurants when I was a small girl, when we used to visit temples in Kerala. I love the creamy and the rich texture of this vegetable stew. Ok, now let’s move on to the recipe. Meanwhile do check out other interesting and healthy Breakfast Recipes here.

Here’s how to make Vegetable Stew/Vegetable Ishtu with step by step photos…
3 [peeled, cut to cubes]
3 [Peeled, cut to cubes]
1 finely chopped
Green chillies
2 or 3 slit lengthwise
1 inch piece finely chopped
Coconut Milk
2 cups [both thick & thin]
As needed
Cinnamon sticks/Pattai
2 nos
2 nos
Black pepper corns
¼ tsp
2 tsp
Preparation time: 15 minutes                              Recipe Category: Breakfast
Cooking time: 15 minutes                                      Recipe Cuisine: Kerala, South Indian
Serves: 6 to 8
Author: Priya Anandakumar

Wash, peel and cut the carrots and potatoes to cubes. Chop the onions and ginger. Extract the coconut milk from one small coconut, about 2 cups of milk and keep it aside.

Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamoms, black pepper corns and wait until nice aroma comes.

Now add the onions, green chillies, ginger and saute for just few minutes, until the onions become soft and translucent. The onions should not change colour.

Add the potatoes, carrot, salt and ½ cup of water. Pressure cook for 2 whistles. After the steam releases, open the lid and mash some of the potatoes.

Add the coconut milk to the potatoes and let it boil for another 3-4 minutes.

Switch off the stove and garnish it with curry leaves.

Yummy, creamy and delicious Vegetable Ishtu is ready to be enjoyed. Serve it hot with Appam, Idiappam, dosa, idli etc.

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  1. One of the fav in my family and its sure fabulous esp with rice.

  2. These look fantastic priya.I love to have these with idiyappam

  3. Yummy vegetable stew.. Love to have with appam..

  4. Mouth watering stew with a very soothing color

  5. Wow This is new to me...I will do try this soon :D

  6. colorful vegetable stew...looks so yum and healthy..

  7. Very healthy and yummy stew. Healthy also.

  8. stew looks awesome...I just need idiyappam to finish off the entire bowl...

  9. looks yummy, our ever fav dish, and the best with some hot idiyappam :)

  10. I do this without onions. This is more interesting. Let me try. Thank you, Priya!

  11. So soothing and comfort stew for this weather here ! Yummy !!

  12. goes so well with vellappam... :)

  13. 1 of my neighbor wen was in chennai used to make this n they tasted yum ..hmm. nw i gt the recipe for this..

  14. delicious healthy hot stew... best for winters :)

  15. Potato & Carrot Stew – Kerala Special

    Superb - Tasty - Thanks for sharing ! ;)

  16. yes its great side dish for appam..well prepared dear..

  17. nice consistency soup for this winter.

  18. Aappam and stew, oh yummy.
    This is such a yum looking Kerala stew. Lovely.

  19. Stew looks perfect & delicious..

  20. delicious stew n nice explanation with pictorials!!!

  21. I can have it with appam.Thanks for sharing

  22. Stew looks completely adorable, thanks for sharing :)

  23. Wow ! What a colour ! looks delicious.

  24. very nice i have never tried veg stew before , will give it a try thanks for sharing :)Recipes Passion i have followed u glad if u follow me back dear :)

  25. Thank you friends for your lovely and sweet comments....

  26. lovely stew, I have hat this many times when in Kerala, goes well with appams.. :) Your recipe is too good. Should try out some time

  27. Love fav with iddiyapam......


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