Vegetable Stew from Kerala

May 15, 2020

Contributed by Sharmila Shanmugasundaram

Kerala cuisine is famous for its dishes predominately prepared with coconut flavour. One such popular creamy Kerala style curry is a vegetable stew with a choice of veggies. Needless to say it is a dish loaded with vitamins and minerals.

Ingredients

  1. ½ tbsp coconut oil
  2. 2 cloves / lavang
  3. 1 inch cinnamon / dalchini
  4. 2 pods cardamom / elachi
  5. ½ onion, sliced
  6. 5 beans, chopped
  7. ½ carrot, chopped
  8. ½ potato, cubed
  9. 3 tbsp peas / matar
  10. 10 florets cauliflower / gobi
  11. 2 green chilli, slit
  12. 1 inch ginger, julienne
  13. 1 cup water
  14. 1 tsp salt
  15. 2 cup coconut milk, thin
  16. few curry leaves
  17. ¼ cup coconut milk, thick

Procedure

  1. In a large Pan/ kadai heat ½ tbsp coconut oil and saute 2 cloves, 1 inch cinnamon and 2 pods cardamom.
  2. Add ½ onion and saute till they shrink slightly. Do not brown the onions.
  3. Also add 5 beans, ½ carrot, ½ potato, 3 tbsp peas, 10 florets cauliflower, 2 green chilli and 1 inch ginger.
  4. Saute for a minute.
  5. Add 1 cup water, 1 tsp salt and a few curry leaves. Mix well.
  6. Cover and boil for 5 minutes or till vegetables are half cooked.
  7. Add 2 cup coconut milk (thin consistency) and mix well.
  8. Boil for 7 minutes or till vegetables are cooked completely.
  9. Turn off the flame and add a few curry leaves, ¼ cup thick coconut milk and 1 tsp coconut oil. Mix well.

Vegetable Stew is a great accompaniment with rice or Kerala Paratha.