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Vegetable stew recipe

Vegetable stew recipe is an excellent side dish for appam and idiyappam. It is a coconut milk base, mild spiced flavourful dish. 
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Servings: 3 people


  • 3 cups Grated coconut from 1 large Indian coconut
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Potato
  • 7 Beans
  • 8 Cauliflower florets small bite size pieces
  • 1 teaspoon Corn flour corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger grated
  • 2 Green chilli slit
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Oil I used coconut oil


How to extract coconut milk for vegetable stew

  • Firstly grind the coconut with ½ to ¾ cup water in a mixie, till smooth.
  • Place a bowl with large metal strainer on top. Transfer the ground paste to it.
  • Squeeze the milk in small portions to collect thick extract. Set aside.
  • Transfer the squeezed coconut back to the mixie. Add 1 cup luke warm water to it. Blend again.
  • Again repeat the process to extract thin coconut milk. Set aside separately.

Prepare stew

  • Cut the veggies to thin stripes as shown in the picture. Slit the green chillies and slice onion.
  • Heat pan with oil, add ginger, green chillies ,curry leaves, followed by onion.
  • Cook in medium flame, taking care, not to turn the onion colour. It should just be transparent.
  • Add the vegetables to it with 1 cup water, required salt and the thin coconut milk.
  • Dissolve 1 teaspoon corn flour (corn starch) in 1 tablespoon of water and add to it. This gives smooth texture to stew without coconut milk split. I added in next stage but recommend at this stage.
  • Bring to boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Let the veggies cook (without over cooking).
  • Then add the thick coconut milk, just keep in low flame for a minute and put of the stove.
  • Garnish with few torn curry leaves.



  • Try not to change the colour of onion as it will change the stew colour too…
  • I added the veggies that I saw in the restaurant, it had cauliflower. You can make it with just boiled potato as well.