Easy Vegetable Stew

Vegetable stew is a delicious and easy accompaniment that can be had with aapam and idiyappam. It is a dish from Kerala, South India.

It is made by cooking vegetables in coconut milk. The flavor is enhanced by tempering with coconut oil. You can use any vegetables, I wanted to make it really simple and so have used onions, carrot and potato. Was ready really quick and tasty.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

Preparation time – 5 mins
Cooking time – 10 mins
  • Onion – 1, sliced thin
  • Carrot – 1, cut into cubes
  • Potato – 1, cut into cubes
  • Coconut milk – 1 cup
  • Coconut cream – 3 tbsp
  • Water – as needed
  • Salt – as needed
  • Turmeric powder – a pinch
  • Green Chilli – 2, slit
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Cinnamon – 1/2 inch
  • Cloves – 2
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Coconut oil – 2 tbsp


  • In a pan, add 1.5 tbsp coconut oil, bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, green chilli and curry leaves.
  • Once it splutters, add green chilli, onion and sauté till transparent.
  • Add all the veggies, salt, turmeric powder and mix well.
  • Cook for a minute.
  • Add thin coconut milk, cook covered till the veggies are done.
  • Check for salt and adjust water consistency as required.
  • Switch off the flame and add the coconut cream and 0.5 tbsp coconut oil.

Drizzle some more coconut cream and serve the yum-yum vegetable stew with rice / Aapam / Idiyappam.

Key Points

  • Add the coconut cream after switching off the flame to prevent curdling.
  • You can use thick coconut milk instead of the coconut cream. Thin coconut milk should be used to cook the veggies.
  • Tempering with coconut oil is so important so try not to skip it.

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