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Vegetable Stew – Kerala Style (without coconut milk)

>> April 22, 2011

Vegetable stew has a prominent place in a Malayalee breakfast. It goes well with appam (hoppers), idiyappam (string hoppers) or chappati. You can have this vegetable stew with puttu (steamed rice cake) or whatever you like.

When I mentioned a Kerala style, I wanted to imply that stew of any kind in Kerala is usually prepared with oodles of coconut milk . Since we are in the age of busy lifestyle, grating coconut and extracting milk is a tedious task. Though coconut milk or coconut powder is readily available in the market, I wanted to create something that comes in even more handy. Therefore this vegetable stew is gravied with milk, a dash of rice flour for thickening and a pinch of sugar to bring in the sweet taste which the coconut milk would have added to the stew. This is a quickie recipe which can be prepared in about 30 minutes.

the recipe

potato – 2
carrot – 3
beans – 12
oil – 1 tbsp
onion – 1
green chilly -1 or 2
garam masala – ¼ tsp
salt – ½ tsp

for seasoning

oil – 1 tbsp
ghee or butter (optional) – ½ tsp
onion – 1
curry leaf – 1 sprig
cinnamon – ¼ inch piece
cloves – 3
cardamom – 4 medium sized

other ingredients

milk – ½ cup
rice flour – 1 -1 ½ tbsp
sugar – a pinch
raisins, fried – 4 tbsp
cashew nut or almonds, julienned – 2 tbsp
pepper powder (white or black) – ½ tsp
turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp
salt to taste

the method

In a pressure cooker add 1 tbsp oil and sauté 1 chopped onion and green chilly. When the onions turn translucent, add the chopped vegetables and salt. Saute for two minutes. Add garam masala and stir for few second. Add 1 ½ cup water and pressure cook the vegetable for 2 whistle (as per Indian standard pressure cooker). Turn off heat.

In another pan, heat the oil and ghee. Add chopped onion and curry leaves. Add the whole spices, turmeric and stir well. Add the cooked vegetables. Bring it to boil. Mix the rice flour in 4-5 tbsp water at room temperature. Pour it into the stew and stir. Make sure that the rice solution does not form lumps. In medium heat keep stirring and bring it to boil. Add sugar. Turn to low heat and add milk. Check salt. When bubbles are seen at the side of the pan, turn off heat (overboiling will curdle the milk). Add the fried raisins and almonds. Serve hot as you please.


Reshmi Mahesh April 23, 2011 at 12:14 AM  

That looks yummy...adding milk and rce flour is very new to me...I always have tried it with coconut milk only...will try your version sometime...

aipi April 23, 2011 at 12:45 AM  

A classic- very well recreated!
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Suja April 23, 2011 at 12:54 AM  

Wow looks yummy and tempting..this version sounds great..creamy veg stew

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal April 23, 2011 at 1:14 AM  

Love both your new recipe, the soya chunk pulao and this gravy looks even better :)

Priya April 23, 2011 at 1:15 AM  

Stew looks marvellous and creamy even without coconut milk,delicious!

Suman Singh April 23, 2011 at 1:20 AM  

This recipe sounds new to me.. It looks very healthy and delicious.

Now Serving April 23, 2011 at 1:44 AM  

Looks very very yummy and appetizing!

Kairali sisters April 23, 2011 at 3:35 AM  

This is a great recipe roshan, i never taste dthis kuruma before..Good one..

Biny Anoop April 23, 2011 at 2:01 PM  

wow dear dats aawesome....addition of rice flour is new to me.....

Hamaree Rasoi April 23, 2011 at 4:39 PM  

Veg Stew looks amazingly delicious and healthy.

Hamaree Rasoi

Priya Sreeram April 23, 2011 at 10:01 PM  

stew without coconut milk looks really good -yum !

Prathima Rao April 24, 2011 at 6:10 PM  

Looks delicious & u can hardly miss the cocnut milk in this version ;)
Prathima Rao
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kitchen flavours April 26, 2011 at 11:20 AM  

Looks good! And the milk is a good substitute for coconut milk, as we always have milk in the house, but not coconut milk! Thanks for sharing!

Saras May 4, 2011 at 10:55 PM  

Must try recipe, never thought to substitute coconut milk with regular milk..

Chitra May 11, 2011 at 8:08 AM  

always used coconut milk in stews ...rice flour is really new to me will definetely try it out...

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TheGoktor IsIn February 28, 2013 at 6:44 PM  

Hi Roshan!

I made a variation on this a couple of nights ago, and have just added it to my blog:


I've linked back to this article, which I hope is OK! The curry was delicious!

N x

Anonymous,  July 3, 2016 at 8:57 AM  

I tried this recipe and it came out sooo well!! Delicious without coconut milk. Thanks a million for sharing😊

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