Friday, 3 March 2017

Veg stew

The stew also called ishtoo (funny) is ultimate vegetarian combination for Appam / idiappam.

The hot stew should be generously poured on the appam. It should be soaked and then the taste is mesmerizing.
Stew is a soup made of coconut milk along with some vegetables.

Veggies like potatoes, carrots, green peas, cauliflower can be used.
If you had missed my appam recipe.. click this – Appam recipe

Coming to stew recipe

  • Medium sized potato – 3
  • Medium sized carrot – 2
  • Medium sized Onion - 2
  • Coconut – 1 small size. (or half of big sized coconut)
  • Curry leaves  - 1 string
  • Black pepper – crushed – 1 tsp
  • Green chili – 2 numbers, slit into half.
  • Masala spices – (2 -cardamom, 2 - bay leaves,  2  - Cloves, 1 – star anise, 1 inch Cinnamon stick)
  • Salt to taste

Wash and dice potato, carrot, onion into cubes and keep it aside.  The size should be ½ inch approximately.

Now we have to extract the coconut milk with the help of a strainer. We need the milk in 3 thicknesses. - 1 super thick, 2 lil think, 3 super thin.

Grate or slice the coconut, add lil water and grind in mixer. Squeeze well and extract the first milk.

Now add a ½ cup of water to the pulp and grind again. Squeeze well and extract the milk again. Now this is little thick.

For the third batch add water and extract milk as much as possible, till the pulp becomes dry.

If you have bought stored bought coconut milk / milk powder,  prepare the milk in 3 different thickness by adding required water.
In a pressure cooker, add the diced veggies, onion, curry leaves (no stock at home) and third milk (thin milk) and water till the veggies are fully immersed.

Add the spices and salt and sliced green chili.

Pressure cook for 3 whistles.

Once the pressure is released, add the second coconut milk and salt and let it boil.


Switch off the stove add the thick coconut milk and crushed pepper and give a stir.

Serve hot with appam / idiappam / oothappam.

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