For this week’s Blogging Maraton #106 theme of “Soups and Stews”, since the last two posts were soups, I thought I will post a stew this time. A stew usually has more body that soups and eaten with a side of bread, rice or something similar. I just decided that the easiest thing for me to do is to post our own stew – Ishtu, which is basically a “Malayalamized” word of stew. 😀
For umma, ishtu is always vegetarian – with potatoes and some additional vegetables. Whenever we would tell her to add chicken or meat, she would give us such a stare as though we have done some sacrilege. Hehe… However, non-veg ishtu very much exists in the menu card of Keralites. Just like umma, I used to think rasam was always vegetarian till I heard of “kozhi rasam”. Hehe… yet to try though… OK, coming back to the ishtu, as usual, this dish goes amazingly well with noolputtu/ idiyappam or with some appams – yet to get the proportion right. 🙁
The recipe is very similar to the vegetarian version, just that I have added a pinch of turmeric, so it has a pale yellow hue to it. Since chicken releases its stock, it is always better to very careful while adding the coconut milk so that you don’t end up having a very watery stew. You can adjust the quantity of the coconut milk as per your required consistency. Off to the recipe…
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2-3 cloves
- 1 tsp black peppercorns
- 1 tbsp grated ginger
- 2 sprigs curry leaves
- 1 large onion, sliced thin
- 3 green chillies, minced
- 2 large potatoes, cubed
- 800 gm chicken small pieces, washed and drained
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp black pepper powder
- ¾ cup thin coconut milk
- ¼ cup thick coconut milk
- Salt to taste
- 1 tsp garam masala powder
- Heat coconut oil in a pressure cooker. Coarsely crush the whole spices and sizzle in teh oil.
- Add the ginger and curry leaves and fry for a minute.
- Add the onion and green chilies and saute till wilted.
- Add in the potato and toss well. Add the chicken along with the turmeric powder and black pepper powder and toss.
- Add the thin coconut milk and salt. Close and pressure cook for one whistle. Switch off and allow the pressure to go by itself.
- Open the lid, add the thick coconut milk and garam masala powder into the hot stew. Close and leave for a couple of minutes - no need to cook.
- Adjust seasoning and serve hot with idiyappams or appams.
You can skip the turmeric to give the stew an off white color.
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