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vegetable stew

Vegetable ishtu/Vegetable stew

A delicious accompaniment to South Indian Appam and idiyappam made with vegetables and coconut.
Course Accompaniment, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, Keralite, South Indian
Keyword Malabar vegetable stew, Nadan vegetable ishtu, Vegetable ishtu for appam and idiyappam
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Hema Magesh


  • 1 medium-sized big onion(50g)
  • 5 green chillies (7g)
  • 1 piece ginger (7g)
  • 1 small carrot(85g)
  • 500 g potato
  • a handful of frozen green peas
  • a handful of coconut bits( 60-70g)
  • ½ cup milk(raw)
  • 2 tsps coconut oil
  • a few curry leaves
  • water as needed
  • salt as needed


  • Pressure cook the potato, peel and keep ready. Wash and keep the frozen peas ready.
    veg ishtu prep step 1
  • Chop the onion and ginger into thin strips. Julienne the vegetables and slit the green chillies.
  • In a pan take the sliced onion, ginger, chillies, and the vegetables. Add 2 cups water and salt as needed and cook them up.
    Vegetable ishtu prep step 2
  • Once they are done roughly mash and add the potatoes and the green peas. Cook for a few more minutes till it thickens and comes together.
    Vegetable ishtu prep step 3
  • Grind the coconut with water and add this to the stew and let it come to a nice boil. Simmer and add the milk.
  • Check for salt and turn off the stove when it reaches the desired consistency.
    Vegetable ishtu prep step 4
  • Finally drizzle the coconut oil and sprinkle the curry leaves. Serve with appam or idiyappam.
    veg ishtu prep step 5