Vegetable Stew

Vegetable Stew

Ever since childhood days, whenever I think about Appam and idiyappam, coconut milk is the side dish that comes to mind, as that’s the one my Amma makes. Once we spent summer vacation at my Uncle’s place. My aunt cooked idiyappam and vegetable stew for breakfast and I loved it. From that day onwards I started cooking stew as an alternate side dish option to coconut milk for Aappam  and idiyappam.

Vegetable Stew

Preparation Time : 10 min | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Serves : 3

Recipe Category: Side dish


Carrot – 3 peeled and cut into slightly big chunks

Potato – 2 peeled and cut into big chunks

Beans – 10, abut 1  inch

Cauliflower – 1/2, cut into florets

Green Peas  – 1/4 cup

Onion – 1, sliced finely

Green chilly – 2 (Adjust According to your spice level)

Ginger- 1 tbsp, julian

Whole black pepper – 1/4 tsp (optional)

Cinnamon – 1/2 stick

Cloves – 2

Cardamom – 2

Thin coconut milk – 1 cup

Thick coconut milk –  3/4 cup

Curry leaves – few

Salt – as needed

Coconut oil – 2 tsp




For coconut Milk:

I used shredded frozen coconut, so used 2 cups of coconut. Add water to the coconut and grind it. Filter the grinded coconut, and the resultant milk is the thick coconut milk. Add water once again to the coconut residue and grind once more. Filter it again, and the resultant milk is the thin coconut milk.


  • Add 1 tsp of oil to another pan. Add Whole spices, ginger, and onions and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add green chilli and cook till onions become translucent


  • Add the cubed vegetables & combine well. Add thin coconut milk & salt, bring to boil, simmer and cook till vegetables are cooked. Add thick coconut milk and cook for 5 more minutes and switch off.

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My Notes:

  • As I didnt add any thickening agent, vegetable stew is not thick like other gravy. However if you want it to be thick, you can add flour paste (All purpose flour/rice flour with water) or cashew paste. Add them after adding thick coconut milk
  • Can add garlic along with ginger
  • I used homemade coconut milk, but coconut milk bought from stores can also be used. If you are using the coconut milk from store, add little water to make the milk thinner

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52 thoughts on “Vegetable Stew

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  3. Shella Grover July 18, 2014 at 3:50 PM Reply

    That stew looks great. I am going to get the appam n come

  4. deliciouslynell July 12, 2014 at 7:45 PM Reply

    Yum! Looks delicious, and healthy too!

  5. Thalia @ butter and brioche July 12, 2014 at 5:20 PM Reply

    another great recipe! thanks for sharing!

  6. apuginthekitchen July 12, 2014 at 8:55 AM Reply

    Love your vegetable stew with the Aapam, I love using coconut milk in soups and stews.

  7. acbistro July 12, 2014 at 8:34 AM Reply

    so much color infused in the white gravy 🙂 tempting !!

  8. sindhoooo July 12, 2014 at 2:37 AM Reply

    Stew with Appam would taste heavenly! thanks for two awesome recipes!

    The Arts & Me

  9. Treat and Trick July 12, 2014 at 12:45 AM Reply

    This healthy combo looks so good…

  10. srividhya July 11, 2014 at 9:26 PM Reply

    Nice. I didn’t use ginger in mine. For Appam, I make black Konda-kadalai curry. 🙂

  11. kunstkitchen July 11, 2014 at 5:07 PM Reply

    Nice recipe. Question for you: is desiccated coconut dry coconut? Thanks for the share.

  12. Born and Bred in Brooklyn July 11, 2014 at 3:06 PM Reply

    That looks so delicious! I really love coconut milk in dishes, but have never made it myself.

  13. gayathri July 11, 2014 at 12:21 PM Reply

    healthy and yummy stew

  14. Eddie Two Hawks July 11, 2014 at 9:10 AM Reply

    have not considered using coconut milk before; must give it a try!

  15. My Kitchen Moments July 11, 2014 at 8:26 AM Reply

    Appam and vegetable stew, the comfort food! ❤ Love it! 🙂

  16. food passion and love July 11, 2014 at 8:25 AM Reply

    Your stew sure sounds delicious Vidya!!

  17. Liz July 11, 2014 at 8:08 AM Reply

    The veggie stew looks most delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Arpita@ TheGastronomicBong July 11, 2014 at 7:28 AM Reply

    Woww… vegetables in coconut milk sounds perfect… Looks and sounds so delicious.. 🙂

  19. Jayeeta July 11, 2014 at 4:10 AM Reply

    Never make stew in coconut milk. I will definitely give it a try. 🙂

  20. ela hester July 11, 2014 at 2:38 AM Reply

    I keep being amazed by the variety of spices you use…quite an inspiration!

    ela h.

  21. Bikramjit July 11, 2014 at 1:30 AM Reply

    Now that is nice and warm and healthy. .yummy

  22. Chitra Jagadish July 11, 2014 at 1:23 AM Reply

    Colourful stew vidya… appams…and this combo is super duper…..

  23. Lori July 11, 2014 at 1:04 AM Reply

    So many good ingredients Vidya!

  24. Malar July 10, 2014 at 11:54 PM Reply

    How pure white it is, its looks great Vidya 🙂

  25. derekthezenchef July 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM Reply

    Is that big brown cylinder a cinnamon stick? That is a big one! Sounds great as always; thanks for sharing!

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