Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Kerala Style Vegetable Stew

Kerala Style Vegetable Stew

Mild an flavorful vegetable stew ,usually served with palappam.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Serves: 3 to 4 people
  1. Cardamom-3 nos
  2. Cloves-3 nos
  3. Cinnamon stick-1 " piece
  4. Whole black pepper-8 to 10 nos
  5. Ginger,finely chopped- 1.5 tsp
  6. Garlic,finely chopped-1.5 tsp
  7. Green chilies,cut vertically-2 to 3 nos( or according to taste)
  8. Onion ,sliced-1 large
  9. Curry leaves-2 sprigs
  10. Carrot,cubed- 1 medium
  11. French beans,cut into 1" pieces-5 to 6 nos
  12. Green peas,frozen or fresh-1/2 cup( see notes)
  13. Potato,cubed- 1 medium
  14. Thin coconut milk-1.5 cups
  15. Thick coconut milk-1/2 to 3/4 cup
  16. Oil / Ghee-as required
  17. Salt-to taste

  • Heat oil in a pan ,add cardamom,cloves,cinnamon and whole black pepper.Saute until fragrant.
  • Add ginger,garlic,green chilies,onion and curry leaves.Saute until onion turns translucent.
  • Add carrot,beans,green peas and potato.

  • Add  thin coconut milk.Add salt to taste and mix well.Cover and cook until done.
  • Remove the lid , add thick coconut milk and cook for few more minutes.Heat oil/ghee in a pan,add curry leaves and saute for few seconds.Add this to the vegetable stew and stir gently.
  • Serve with palappam / idiappam /roti..
    •  If you want a thicker gravy,add 1 or  2 tbsp of cashew nut paste along with thick coconut milk.To prepare cashew nut paste soak 6 to 8 cashew nuts in warm water  for about 10 minutes and grind to form a smooth paste.
    • Adjust the quantity of green chilies according to your taste.
    • If you are using dried green peas,soak it in water for about  8 hours.Drain and cook using a pressure cooker until 3/4 th done and then add it to the sauteed onions,along with the rest of the vegetables.

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