vegetable stew
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vegetable stew

kerala style vegetable stew recipe - easy to make lightly spiced, delicate and aromatic stew with mixed vegetables, coconut milk and spices. a popular stew from the kerala cuisine.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: main course
Cuisine: kerala
Servings: 3 to 4
Author: Dassana Amit


  • 2 small to medium sized carrots, peeled chopped
  • 2 potatoes OR 1 large potato OR about 150 grams potato, peeled and chopped
  • ¾ or 1 cup peas (matar)
  • 70 to 80 grams french beans
  • 1 large onion OR 5-6 shallots - thinly sliced
  • 3 to 4 garlic - crushed into a paste in a mortar-pestle
  • 1 inch ginger, julienned (adrak)
  • 2 to 3 green chilies, slit (hari mirch)
  • 1.5 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 4 to 5 cloves - crushed or kept whole (lavang)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed black pepper (kali mirch powder)
  • 3 to 4 green cardamoms (choti elaichi) - crushed or kept whole (optional)
  • 2.5 cups thin coconut milk or water * check notes for pressure cooking the veggies with water
  • 1 cup thick coconut milk
  • 12 to 15 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon coconut oil
  • salt as required
  • sugar as required (optional)


  • heat coconut oil. add the whole & crushed spices - cinnamon, cardamoms, cloves, black pepper. saute them till fragrant.
  • then add the ginger, garlic, green chilies, sliced onions and curry leaves. saute till the onions become translucent. don't brown the onions.
  • add the chopped veggies and stir well.
  • add thin coconut milk or water. cover the pan and cook the veggies.
  • the veggies should be cooked till they are tender and done.
  • lastly add the thick coconut milk. stir well and simmer for just half a minute.
  • if you want, you can also heat a few teaspoons of oil and fry curry leaves in it till crisp. then add this curry leaves tempering from top before serving the vegetable stew.
  • serve kerala style vegetable stew with appams or steamed rice.


* if using water instead of thin coconut milk, you can use the pressure cooker for cooking the veggies. just add 2 cups water and pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles.