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vegetable stew recipe

Vegetable Stew - Kerala Vegetable Stew

Vegetable Stew recipe with stepwise photos to serve with appams.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 3 to 4


  • Mixed Vegetables - 3/4 cup
  • First coconut milk - 1/4 cup
  • Second coconut milk - 1 cup
  • Onion - 1 small
  • Cinnamon - 1/2 inch piece
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
  • Salt - to taste
  • Coconut oil - 4 tsp

For the Paste:

  • Poppy seeds - 2 tsp
  • Green chilies - 5
  • Cashew nuts - 2 tbsp broken
  • Roasted Gram Dal - 2 tsp
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Cloves - 2



  • Use carrots, peas, cauliflower and potato. Scrape the skin of potato and carrots and dice them.
  • Separate cauliflower into small florets and keep aside.
  • Finely chop or grate ginger and set aside. Chop onions finely.

For the paste:

  • Take poppy seeds, cardamom ,cloves, green chilies, cashew nuts and roasted gram dal in a mixie jar. Add little water and grind to a fine, smooth paste and set aside.

To make Vegetable Stew:

  • Par boil the vegetables. You can either do this in a pressure cooker or in an open pan. I used microwave and cooked at half the power (540) for 3 mins. The veggies should not be cooked to a mush but should retain a bite.
  • Heat a pan with 3 tsp coconut oil. Add cinnamon, saute for 1 sec.
  • Add ginger and saute for 2 seconds. Add curry leaves and let it splutter.
  • Add onion and saute till pink. It should not get brown.
  • Add the ground paste and immediately keep stirring for the paste to cook well and to prevent it from sticking to the pan.
  • The paste will absorb all the oil and mixed along with the onion, it will resemble a lump.
  • Add par boiled vegetables and mix.
  • Immediately add in the second coconut milk, salt and stir well to combine properly and bring it to a boil.
  • Let it cook over low flame for 2 to 4 mins. The stew will turn opaque in color.
  • Add in first coconut milk and stir well. Cook over low flame for 1 more minute.
  • Switch off stove. Drizzle remaining 1 tsp coconut oil on top.
  • Immediately close the pan tightly with a lid and let the stew rest for 2 to 3 mins for the flavors to merge well.
  • Vegetable stew is ready. Stir well before serving hot with appam, idiyappam or pulao.