Kerala Vegetable Stew

vegetable stew
Prepration time: 30 Minutes
Persons served: 3 Persons
Cuisine: Kerala


  • 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

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.


Jameela Beevi

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150 votes, 3.83 / 5.00 (76%)
  • N

    can i add chicken and prawn to this ?

    • says:

      @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.

  • J

    Love this preparation. Thanks for sharing.

  • S

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

  • S

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

    • says:

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

  • S

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

    • says:

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

    • says:

      അച്ചായാ …..കൊതിപ്പിക്കാതെ!!!

    • says:

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

    • says:

      @Kuriakose Puthumullil : Thank you 🙂

  • L

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

    • says:

      @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.

  • says:

    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.

  • says:

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

    • says:

      Thank you so much Deepa 🙂 Good to hear that it came out well for you.

  • S

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

  • R

    Hi. i am Rajesh I like this veg.stew receipe. I like to make different types of recipes and also give it to my friends. They also tasted it & like it.thank you.

    • says:

      Thank you Rajesh for trying the recipe and taking time to drop your comments.
      Keep connected 😉

  • G

    It turned out to be very tasty thanks. .

    • says:

      @Gita: Thank you for trying the recipe and dropping your valuable feedback.. Glad to know you liked it.
      Stay connected 😉

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