Kerala Vegetable Stew

vegetable stew
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author The following information about this recipe was contributed by Sherly James: Recipe photo, Ingredients & Preparation.


Carrot : 1
Potato : 1
Green Peas : ½ cup
Nutmeg (finely sliced) : ½ tsp
Onion finely sliced : 1
Green chilly (slit) : 5
Crushed Ginger : 1 tbsp
Crushed garlic : 1 tbsp
Cardamom : 3 nos
Powdered black pepper : 1 tsp
Cinnamon : 1 piece
Cloves : 3 nos
Thin coconut milk :1½ cup
Thick coconut milk : ½ cup
Curry leaves : 1 sprig
Salt : as needed
Butter or coconut and oil : 2 tbsp
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Vegetable stew is a global dish made from a mixture of vegetables like Carrot, potatoes, green peas etc which goes well with pathiri, puri, appam, bread or rice. These ingredients can include any combination of vegetables. The usage of coconut milk as an ingredient gives it a typical Kerala flavor.

Vegetable stew preparation

  1. Slice the vegetables into cubes of 1/2 inches and clean them well.
  2. In a deep bottom frying pan, heat the butter or coconut oil.
  3. Add the onions to it and saute it till the onions become transparent.
  4. When the onions become transparent splutter the crushed spices.
  5. Add the ginger, garlic, curry leaves and the green chillies and saute it for a few more minutes.
  6. Add the sliced vegetables and saute well.
  7. Now add the thin (second) coconut milk, salt and bring it to boil
  8. Lower the flame, cover and cook it till vegetables are soft. This will take around ten minutes time.
  9. Now add the thick coconut milk (first) and cook for another five more minutes.
  10. Remove from stove and transfer it into a serving bowl.
  11. Garnish with curry leaves fried in coconut oil or ghee.
  12. You can serve this vegetable stew with chapathis, pathiris, puris, appams, rice or bread.


  • The stew gravy will be thick and if you want to make it thin add 1/2 cup of plain milk to this
  • If you want the gravy to be very thick soak 7-8 pieces of cashew nuts in warm water and grind them into a smooth paste and add it in the last. Mix with the  thick coconut milk and add to the stew.


This entry was written on October 11th, 2016 by in Gravies and Curries and tagged with , , , , , , , , . Last revised on October 20th, 2016.

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Jameela Beevi

  • January 14, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Thank you, Jameela ji, i will follow your recipe soon. Can you share the recipe of jackfruit payasam, please?

  • February 17, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    uaually I make bit changes , but this I made exactly like the recepie it was nice.

  • January 2, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    I grew up on a piece of land where my parents always had a small garden of vegetables and Kerala was ever present in most of our meals. We cooked it mostly fried in slices with lots of seasonings and either shrimps or meat pieces or stuffed. Now, I regularly have fruit smoothies with a few slices of kerala added to help my blood sugar spikes. I see a great difference when I use it. Its good for my health as a diabetic.

  • November 5, 2014 at 1:39 am

    My husband and I loved it. Thanks for the great recipe. Printable version available?

    • November 22, 2014 at 10:45 pm

      @Latha : Thanks for stopping by and trying our recipe. We are so glad to hear that you family loved the recipe. You can get the print version by clicking on the print button on the sidebar.

  • I tried it and was good.

    • February 6, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      അച്ചായാ …..കൊതിപ്പിക്കാതെ!!!

    • February 7, 2014 at 1:06 am

      അവിടെ ഉണ്ടാക്കിയതു ഒന്നു പഴ്സലായി അയച്ചു താ. തിന്നു നോക്കട്ടെ, എന്നിട്ടുപറയാം നല്ലതാണോന്നു്!

    • February 7, 2014 at 5:43 am

      @Kuriakose Puthumullil : Thank you 🙂

  • August 30, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    So no need to add cumin and cardamom to this????

    • September 1, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      @Sumi: I am using cardamom in step 4. But not using cumin in the veg stew preparation.

  • July 19, 2013 at 7:42 am

    I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out to be a delicious one. thanks

    • July 19, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      Hi Sarika,
      Happy to know that you’ve tried our recipes and it came out well for you. 😉

  • July 19, 2013 at 7:40 am

    It turned out to be very taste thanks for a lovely receive

  • July 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Love this preparation. Thanks for sharing.

  • July 4, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    can i add chicken and prawn to this ?

    • July 4, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      @Nishal: as an experiment you can try that. But then it wont become “veg” any more… If you are trying that, please share the final outcome with me.


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