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Vegetable Ishtoo / Vegetable Stew !

Vegetable stew or ishtoo is a mildly spiced mixed vegetable preparation simmered in coconut milk.This subtle flavoured curry is usually served with Appam or bread.Recipe follows..


1 cup diced vegetables (carrot,beans,cauliflower and green peas)
1 potato,boiled,peeled and mashed roughly
half tomato,chopped
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 green chillies, sliced
1 small piece of ginger,chopped
1 big garlic,chopped
1 inch piece of cinnamon
2 cardamoms
2 cloves
small piece of bay leaf
1.5 cup thin coconut milk
3/4 cup thick coconut milk
few cilantro,star anise to decorate


Heat oil in a medium skillet and splutter cloves,cinnamon,cardamom and bay leaf.Throw chopped ginger and garlic,followed by chopped onion and green chillies.Roast it in law heat till light brown.Then add the chopped tomato. Sauté well till mushy.Now add all the veggies except potato.Roast for two minutes in high heat and pour thin coconut milk.Add curry leaves and salt.Bring to a boil.Reduce the heat then and cook with lid.Check in between and cook till the vegetables are cooked well and the gravy reduce to the minimum.Add the roughly mashed potatoes and mix well.Check salt.Finally pour the thick coconut milk and switch off when it start boiling.Let the curry rest for ten minutes.Shift to a bowl and decorate with star anise and cilantro.Serve with appam/bread.


17 comments on “Vegetable Ishtoo / Vegetable Stew !

  1. Torviewtoronto
    July 12, 2011

    delicious looking combination for this curry


  2. Mélange
    July 12, 2011

    Hey,that's super fast..Thank you Torview.


  3. Prathibha
    July 12, 2011

    After appam it shud b stew only right??
    looks delicious..love this combo..:)


  4. Vardhini
    July 12, 2011

    Yummy curry .. perfect with aapam.

    Event: Fast food not Fat food


  5. Priya Sreeram
    July 12, 2011

    looks yum- great combo with many things !


  6. Kalpana Sareesh
    July 12, 2011

    delicious curry..


  7. Insignia
    July 12, 2011

    Now if you keep dishing out such yummy stuffs and posting recipes and pics, I am trying hard to not fall for them 🙂


  8. aipi
    July 12, 2011

    This has been on my to do list for the longest time ~ was looking for the perfect recipe which I think I just found n now can't wait to try it 🙂
    Looks so so so YUM!
    US Masala


  9. Suja
    July 12, 2011

    Appam and Ishtoo,love it..the best combo ever..looks so delicious.
    (Thanks for being such a sweet and lovely friend..athu hubby yude birthdaykku undakkiyatha..athukondu nalla portion aasan tattivittu:))


  10. Authenticoriyafood
    July 12, 2011

    Delicious stew………will go really well with those beautiful appams!!


  11. ANU
    July 12, 2011

    one of my favorties….nice clicks…..


  12. Vidhya
    July 12, 2011

    Stew looks so good.


  13. JishasKitchen
    July 12, 2011

    wow..this is my fav curry…I just love to have it with appam….looks very tasty..


  14. anilkurup
    July 13, 2011

    Gluttony, they say is the worst form of sin. And you are specialised in encouraging that.

    My favourite – veg , chicken, mutton and beef stew. Missing them at this moment!


  15. Sarah Naveen
    July 13, 2011

    Love this any time…looks so creamy and delicious .yumm!


  16. DV
    November 1, 2011

    Wonderful!! Your recipe is perfect! 🙂 I take stew with normal dosa also 😛



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