Kerala Style Vegetable Ishtu Stew Recipe

Kerala Style Vegetable Ishtu Stew Recipe

Preparation Time : 10 Minutes

Total Time: 35 Minutes

  • Serving Amount :4


1 Small Red Onion
3 Orange Carrots
1 Medium Potato
10 Green Beans
¼ Cup Frozen Peas
½ Cauliflower Head
3 Garlic Cloves (grated)
1” Fresh Ginger (thinly julienned)
3 Green Chili (per taste)
3 Black Cloves
1 Small Cinnamon Stick
3 Green Cardamom Pods
1 Can Coconut Milk
Few Curry Leaves
1 Tsp Salt (to taste)
1 Tsp Freshly Cracked Pepper
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

How to Do

This South Indian Kerala vegetable Ishtu stew is full of warmth and spices. Simple but packed with flavors from coconut milk, vegetables and a range of spices. It is absolutely delicious when served with rice or bread. 

Utensils: heavy bottom pan

Accompaniments: rice or bread



Cut half of the cauliflower into bite size florets. In a heavy bottom pan, pour the coconut oil and add the cinnamon stick, green cardamoms and cloves. Let the spices sizzle for a few seconds.


Add the garlic and red onions, followed by salt and give it a stir. Cook for 2 minutes and then add the carrots, potatoes and cauliflower florets. Stir around and cover the pan. Allow the vegetables to partially soften for about 5 minutes. Stir in between, if required.


Add the coconut milk followed by 1 can of water. Add the ginger and curry leaves. Stir around and let it simmer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, the vegetables should have cooked throughly. Check for salt and add any if needed.


Finally, add the green beans and frozen peas, and stir. Add the freshly cracked black pepper and cook for 2 more minutes.

Serve warm and enjoy!

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