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Kerala Style Vegetable Stew

Kerala Style Vegetable Stew

Mild an flavorful vegetable stew ,usually served with palappam.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Serves: 3 to 4 people

  1. Cardamom-3 nos
  2. Cloves-3 nos
  3. Cinnamon stick-1 ” piece
  4. Whole black pepper-8 to 10 nos
  5. Ginger,finely chopped- 1.5 tsp
  6. Garlic,finely chopped-1.5 tsp
  7. Green chilies,cut vertically-2 to 3 nos( or according to taste)
  8. Onion ,sliced-1 large
  9. Curry leaves-2 sprigs
  10. Carrot,cubed- 1 medium
  11. French beans,cut into 1″ pieces-5 to 6 nos
  12. Green peas,frozen or fresh-1/2 cup( see notes)
  13. Potato,cubed- 1 medium
  14. Thin coconut milk-1.5 cups
  15. Thick coconut milk-1/2 to 3/4 cup
  16. Oil / Ghee-as required
  17. Salt-to taste


  • Heat oil in a pan ,add cardamom,cloves,cinnamon and whole black pepper.Saute until fragrant.

  • Add ginger,garlic,green chilies,onion and curry leaves.Saute until onion turns translucent.

  • Add carrot,beans,green peas and potato.

  • Add  thin coconut milk.Add salt to taste and mix well.Cover and cook until done.

  • Remove the lid , add thick coconut milk and cook for few more minutes.Heat oil/ghee in a pan,add curry leaves and saute for few seconds.Add this to the vegetable stew and stir gently.

  • Serve with palappam / idiappam /roti..

    •  If you want a thicker gravy,add 1 or  2 tbsp of cashew nut paste along with thick coconut milk.To prepare cashew nut paste soak 6 to 8 cashew nuts in warm water  for about 10 minutes and grind to form a smooth paste.
    • Adjust the quantity of green chilies according to your taste.
    • If you are using dried green peas,soak it in water for about  8 hours.Drain and cook using a pressure cooker until 3/4 th done and then add it to the sauteed onions,along with the rest of the vegetables.

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    nandoos kitchen
    February 12, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    vegetable stew looks yumm with those appams on side. Lovely

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    February 13, 2014 at 5:28 am

    Beautiful clicks!! Stew looks delicious, yummy with aappams..

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    February 13, 2014 at 8:22 am

    super tempting clicks..

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    February 14, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Lovely presentation…….. Yummy !

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    February 18, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    yummy lovely looks great veg stew 🙂

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    May 23, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I want to eat this right now!

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    John Zach
    July 7, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    These photos and recipe notes are very nice, and you know i like veg stew ..

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    November 7, 2014 at 6:05 am

    Had to print this out for our grand daughter whom is a vegetarian. She's just in last few months decided she will be a vegetarian at 17. So far its' gone quite well cooking for her and the family. Daughter is good cook and helps her daughter eat the way she chooses. Many times I'm quite satisfied eating veggies for a meal, don't need meat but have meat eating hubs.
    Happy weekend

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    November 22, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Looks amazing, and the instructions with pictures are very helpful. Can't wait to try this recipe out!

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    August 7, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Absolutely brilliant. My first trial with Appams with veg stew was a super hit. My family just loved it. Thanks for posting the recipe in detail and with sufficient pictures.

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      November 18, 2016 at 9:50 am

      Thank You chetan!Happy to know your family enjoyed appam n stew.

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    April 21, 2019 at 11:40 am

    I tried this.. And it turned out just like how it was in kerala!!! ..but i added jeera powder and hing …thank u soo much for this recipe!! Your website is always my go to

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