Ishtu ~ Malabar Vegetable Stew
Recipe type: Curry
Cuisine: Malabar
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Serves: 4
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp black peppercorn, slightly crushed
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 large onion, sliced thin/ ½ cup sliced pearl onions (cheriyulli)
  • 2 large potato, peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup frozen green peas
  • 1 cup thin coconut milk
  • ½ cup thick coconut milk
  • ¼ tsp garam masala powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  1. Heat coconut oil in a pressure cooker. Sizzle the whole spices.
  2. Fry the ginger briefly.
  3. Add the onion and saute till wilted.
  4. Add in the potatoes, peas and thin coconut milk. Add salt and cook on high flame till one whistle.
  5. Switch off and allow the pressure to go by itself.
  6. Open the lid, keep flame on simmer. Add the thick coconut milk and garam masala and simmer just till warm. Switch off and add the curry leaves.
  7. Serve hot with idiyappam or vellappam.
You can add other vegetables into the stew, like beans, carrot, cauliflower, etc. though I like to keep it limited to potatoes and green peas.
Recipe by The Big Sweet Tooth at