Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Mixed Vegetable Stew: Kerala Style

When RCI-Kerala was announced, I was delighted. This is one event I didn't want to miss. Kerala holds a special place in my heart. I did my high schooling from a school that was run by a Kerala Society. And few of my best friends are keralites. They are one of the nicest people I know.
So, for this event, I buzzed my friend P to give me a Kerala recipe, and she being the coolest, gave me a list of websites to go through!!! :) After searching many sites, I thought I will begin my experiments with the simplest of the lot. And so, I chose to make Mixed Vegetable Stew and it turned out so good; my husband came asking for more of it. :)

Stew : A stew is a combination of solid food ingredients that have been cooked in water or other water-based liquid, typically by simmering, and that are then served without being drained.
Ingredients in a stew can include any combination of vegetables (potatoes, beans, etc.), fruits (such as peppers and tomatoes), meat, poultry, sausages and seafood. While water can be used as the stew-cooking liquid, wine, stock, and beer are also common. Seasoning and flavorings may also be added. Stews are typically cooked at a relatively low temperature (simmered, not boiled), to allow flavors to marry.

Recipe adapted from here


Onion: 1 Medium
Potato: 1 medium sized
Green Peas: 1/2 cup
Beans: 3-4 in number
Carrot: 1 small
Green Chillies: 3
Ginger: a small piece (finely chopped or grated)
Garlic: 1 clove (finely chopped or grated)
Coriander Powder: 2 tbsp
Garam Masala: 1 tsp
Thick Coconut Milk: 1/2 can
Diluted Coconut milk: 1 cup
Salt as per taste

For tempering:
Ghee - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds: 1 tsp
Dry red chillies: 2
Curry Leaves: few
Small Red Onions: 3-4 halved.


1. Chop all vegetables and keep them ready.

2 In a large cooking pan saute the onion, ginger, garlic and green chillies.

3. When onion starts becoming transluscent, add the vegetables and stir.

4. Add coriander powder, salt and stir for 1 min.

5. Add 1 cup of diluted coocnut milk and mix well.

6. Cover and cook in simmer until the vegetables are done. This may take a while (about 20 mins)

7. Once cooked, stir in about a 1/2 can of thick coconut milk and and cook on low heat.

8. Add garam masala and turn off the heat.

9. In another small pan, heat ghee and add mustard seeds, small onions, red chillies and curry leaves. Turn off the heat after a minute.

10. Add the above to the stew and serve hot.

This Mixed Vegetable Stew goes well with kerala Style Appams.
The above quantity serves 4 people.

This recipe is my contribution to RCI-Kerala hosted by Jyothsna.


Ramya's Mane Adige said...

looks yummy!!! and stew is also my fav mallu dish!!! the pic looks gr8

Asha said...

Great to read that you had Kerala friends growing up! I loved Kerala dishes too. You must visit Foodie's Hope to see what I mean!!;D
Veg stew looks delicious! It's that coconut milk which does the magic. Although we do add coconut masala in K'taka cooking, it just tastes different in Kerala cuisine!:)
Great entry G.


Hello Grihini
I am here for the first time and you have such a nice bouquet of recipes here...
Good to land up here!!

Roopa said...

wow great dish G and wonderfull for the event :)

Taste of Mysore said...

veg stew looks tasty. Bet it tasted good.

Kalpana said...

Wow, looks great. Will do sometime. Thanks for the post.

Archana Pritish said...

Nice entry Grihini.. !! Stew looks yummy !!

Sia said...

its fav in our place also. the mild, creamy coconut base is something to die for... :)

Pooja said...

that really looks tempting,Grihini !

Anonymous said...

ummmm....looks yummy, just like a pizza....I will definitely try this recipe!

Grihini said...

Thankyou all for stopping by and leaving such nice comments. :)

Bharathy said...

Wonderful Stew here,Girl! :)..
Love it!..

Prashanth Anandamurthy said...


A random search on the net led me to your post. And your description and photograph were inspiring enough for me to try it on - and for an Indian bachelor learning to cook - in far away Helsinki - that should say a lot about your recipe!
:) Lets hope my cooking does your recipe justice!

Prashanth Anandamurthy said...

It did
Thank You