28 February 2017

Mixed Vegetable ishtu - A vegetable stew Kerala style


Mixed vegetable ishtu is actually the Malayalam/Kerala version of the vegetable stew .This stew is easy to prepare one .Lots of vegetables added to this Kerala curry and simmered in coconut milk and seasoned with mild spices .Vegetable Ishtu is a classic traditional Kerala dish that goes well with appam/Palappam/Velyappam/idiyappam mostly . Unlike other stews,Kerala ishtu doesn't need to be simmered for long .So,it is quick and easy stew recipe .


I wonder how it got its name "Ishtu" like "is stew" ,may be ,I remember how my mom would tell me a few items got its name when pronounced in Malayalam, mimicking the British style (and vice versa) during British era in India ...Perhaps,ishtu also falls in that category ...

And this is how I make mixed vegetable ishtu Kerala style .

Mixed Vegetable Ishtu Recipe

Carrot,diced - 1 No.
Beans,chopped - 3-4 Nos.
Green Peas - 1-2 Tbsp
Potatoes,boiled - 3 Nos.
Onion,medium,sliced - 1/2
Green Chilies,sliced - 3-4 Nos.
Ginger,sliced/julienne - 1 Tbsp
Cloves - 2 Nos.
Cardamom - 2 Nos.
Cinnamon -1 inch
Black pepper - 8-10 Nos.
Black Pepper powder - 1 Tsp (optional)
Thick Coconut milk/Onnam Pal - 1 cup
Semi-thick coconut milk /Randaam Pal- 1 cup 
Salt to taste
Coconut oil - 1-2 Tbsp
Curry leaves,a sprig

Preparation method of vegetable ishtu :Pls watch my video that will show you step by step how to make vegetable ishtu/Vegetable stew Kerala style :

Usually,appam and idiyappams are served with spicy curries and also with non-vegetable curries but if you are not into a spicy curry or a non-vegetarian fan,then this mixed vegetable ishtu is meant exclusively for you .

Try this stew/Ishtu from God's own country that is subtle,creamy,light,mild,aromatic and delicious.