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May 19, 2012

Vegetable Stew | Ishtoo | Ishtu

An aromatic coconut milk based dish which goes well with white rice and vellai appam. It is a dish from the God's own country hence cooked using coconut oil. The vegetables that make the dish colourful are Potato, Carrot, French Beans, Green pea (optional). Let us get into the cooking of this wonderful dish which makes you go gastronomic spreading the flavour in the air.

Ingridients : (serves 3)

  1. Onion - 1 No. (big)
  2. Potato - 3 Nos. (Medium)
  3. Carrots - 1 No. (medium) 
  4. French Beans - 6 to 8 Nos
  5. Coconut milk - 1 Cup (1/2  cup thick and 1/2 cup thin coconut milk) -  (if you use coconut milk powder, then add 3 to 4 tbsp powder)
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Ginger - 1 " 
  8. Green Chillies - 3 nos (or as you prefer)
  9. Coconut oil - 3 tbsp
  10. curry leaves 
  11. Water - 3 cups

Procedure :-

Link to the video recipe is here :- In this recipe, I pressure cooked Beans and carrot separately to retain their colour. You can either do that way or add it along with potatoes directly into the wok.

  • Dice the onions, carrot, potato, french beans. Finely chop ginger and slit the green chillies (if you love spicy dish, then finely chop them)
  • Heat oil in a wok, add Onions and fry well till they become translucent.  Then add finely chopped ginger and green chillies and curry leaves. saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add chopped vegetables, salt and water (3 cups).
  • mix well, keep it covered and cook till the vegetables become tender. mash few pieces of potatoes to give little thickness to the gravy.
  • Add coconut milk, mix well and do not boil for long. Just stir in for a minute, remove from flame.
  • If you are using coconut milkpowder then to the powder add warm water, mix well till it becomes creamy, then add it to the vegetable stew, mix well, bring to boil and switch off gas immediately.
  • Aromatic, delicious, colourful vegetable stew (Ishtoo | Ishtu) is ready to accompany white rice or Vellai appams and Nool Puttus (Idiyappams).

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