Of Flavours & Tastes…
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
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 green chillies, sliced
1 small piece of ginger,chopped
1 big garlic,chopped
1 inch piece of cinnamon
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.