Friday, March 11, 2011

Vegetable Ishtoo

Does the name Ishtoo bring a smile to your face?I like the way it sounds,much better than saying Stew.Amma has been following the same recipe for Stew ever since I can remember and not surprisingly,I followed the same too.Once,when we had some friends over for dinner,I was told that "this" is not the way it is made traditionally.I was offended,but I didn't show it.Maybe it is not the traditional recipe,but this is how we like it,I wanted to tell her,but kept quiet.


When Kerala Kitchen was announced by Magpie and Ria,the first recipe I checked was the Stew.To my amusement,it was named Traditional Syrian Christian Coconut Milk Stew,can it get better than that?I decided that I would try it out once and then decide if I was doing something wrong with my recipe.

I made it few days back with Appam and I tell you,it makes a delicious combo.Do I like this one more than the other?I should say this one tastes amazing,with the delicate flavor of the spices steeped in coconut milk.Perfect with Appam,Idiyappam or even bread,while my version is more like a Konkani style stew.I love both and I would continue making both to pair with their respective counterparts.


Vegatable Ishtoo
Recipe adapted slightly from Magpie


Carrot - 1 big,sliced
Beans - 3-4,sliced 
Onion - 1 big,sliced
Green chilly - 2,chopped finely
Ginger - 1' piece,chopped finely
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Cinnamon - 1' piece
Clove -2
Cardamom - 2,whole
Coconut Milk - 
Thin coconut milk - 3/4 cup
Thick coconut milk - 1/2 cup
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste

For the final garnish

Ghee - 1 tsp
Small onions - 5-7,whole
Curry leaves - 1 sprig


Pressure cook the vegetables-potato,carrot,beans till done,keep aside.
In a kadai add oil and splutter the whole spices-cinnamon,clove and cardamom.
Mix in the curry leaves,green chilly and ginger,saute for2-3 minutes.
Add the onions and saute till the onions start turning golden brown.
Add the cooked vegetables,salt and the thin coconut milk and mix well,let it come to a boil.
Simmer for a few minutes covered till the stew starts thickening.
Add the thick coconut milk,mix well and switch off the flame.
In another pan,add ghee and saute the small onions and curry leaves and add it to the stew.
Serve hot with Appam,Idiyappam or Bread.


Sending this over to Magpie who is hosting Kerala Kitchen this month,thanks to whom this recipe was found.


  1. Nice recipe.. looks colorful and delicious .. thanks for sharing !!

    Indian Cuisine

  2. I make my stew exactly like dis..looks really appetizing..

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  4. Yummy and creamy stew. I love to eat this with idiyappam.. :)

  5. Tasty rich and creamy looks perfect.

  6. I love this one so so much.. it tastes heavenly.. love urs colors r inviting ..

  7. I luv havin Ishtoo with Appam/Idiyappams!Lovely post Divya..
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  8. Healthy and delicious recipe..

  9. Wat a rich looking delicious stew,yumm!

  10. Definitely brought a smile to my face :) Looks so good, Divya.

  11. Thats a really cute name as you said and I have been repeating it since I read it :) :)

    We make something a little similar to it but the small onions at the end will give it a different flavor I guess :) Looks so yummy and rich. Will give it a try this week :)

  12. Divya I just remembered that if you like this, you should also try out one of my other favourite "Suriani" curries in coconut milk which is super easy- just add everything to the pressure cooker and let it all cook:

    During lent I often just add potatoes, capsicum, peas, channa beans instead of the chicken. After cooking it I also add hard boiled eggs.

  13. Ishttu looks supreb.I try this version when I think we didn't have our daily dose of veggies.

  14. I have never made stew for appam or idiyappam so far,just have it with coconut milk. Have to try that combo soon,looks so good!

  15. We make it a slightly different way; this looks delicious!

  16. and do u have a recipe of ur style of ishtoo?? wud love 2 see that one too


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