Kerala Style Vegetable Stew Recipe – Vegetable Stew Without Coconut Milk

post modified on September 29

Written by Puja

Vegetable Stew Recipe is a healthy flavorful mixed vegetable curry, popular in Kerala. This recipe goes really well along with Gothambu puttu, Appam, and Idiyappam.(step-by-step-recipe)

Vegetable Stew Recipe

About Vegetable Stew Recipe:

Vegetable stew or, ishtu is a simple south Indian curry made with lots of vegetables. It’s a highly nutritious, comforting, and all the more delicious recipe that you can make to delight your family.

This recipe is customizable, which basically means you can use more vegetables of your choice if you want. Like you can use cauliflower, green peas, and some chopped beetroot too.

You can even make this with just potatoes, in case the other vegetables are not available.

Usually, this recipe is made with fresh coconut milk.

If you want you can use fresh homemade coconut milk that can be made at home with freshly grated coconut. Or you can use the store-bought thick coconut milk and you can add water as needed to the curry. But I know that it’s a little tough job to extract milk from coconut and time-consuming too.

And knowing all the busy moms out there who are trying to spend as less time as possible in their kitchens, without compromising on the taste of food, I thought of making the same recipe with normal milk, and guess what. It came out really well. The taste was simply awesome. You must try this vegetable stew recipe, I m sure you would love this recipe.

Vegetable Stew

Why you should make this recipe?

Personally, I found many reasons for making vegetable stew and I am sure once you make this recipe you too would prefer to make this more often. Yes, it is that simple. And the best part of this recipe is that you can use those little leftover veggies lying in your fridge.

So it’s a kind of lifesaver for me, especially when I am short of vegetables. This Kerala style vegetable stew is


Perfect for everyday meals.

Loaded with lots of veggies

Easy and simple to make

You can use any vegetable of your choice


Looking for Some more South Indian Curries?

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Mathanga Erissery Recipe

Tangy Tomato Curry Recipe

Kerala Kadala Curry Recipe

Vegetable Stew

Basic Ingredients Used to Make this Recipe:

To make Kerala style vegetable stew, you would be needing some basic ingredients, easily available in your kitchen.

Vegetables: I have used vegetables like potatoes, onions, beans, and carrots here. You can add on more vegetables like cauliflower, green peas, and beetroot too. Or you can just use potato and onion in case of the unavailability of green veggies.

Whole Spices: This recipe calls for a few whole spices like bay leaf, cinnamon stick, green cardamom, and cloves. Do not compromise on these spices as these spices bring on a wonderful flavor in the stew.

Pepper Powder: You should not forget to add pepper powder, in case you don’t have pepper powder, simply crush the whole pepper and add it to this curry.

Ginger: Yes, do add ginger to this curry you would love the taste of it.

Green Chilli: Add green chilli as per your taste.

Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is a must for this recipe to get a real authentic taste of Kerala.

Curry Leaves: Curry leaves are another key ingredient as you would know that any South Indian dishes are incomplete without curry leaves.

Milk: As we discussed that this curry is usually made with coconut milk. But today I am using the normal milk. So you would definitely be needing this to make this recipe.

Salt: of course, something without which we cannot get the taste, no matter how many other ingredients you are using. 🙂

So let us jump straight onto the recipe, and see how to make Kerala-style vegetable stew in the simplest way.

vegetable stew recipe

Kerala Style Vegetable Stew Recipe

Vegetable stew is a healthy flavorful mixed vegetable curry, popular in Kerala. This recipe goes really well along with Gothambu puttu, Appam, and Idiyappam.
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Calories: 1072kcal
Author: Puja


  • 3 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 2 nos Bay leaf
  • 2-3 inch Cinnamon stick
  • 4 nos Green Cardamom
  • 5-6 Cloves
  • 1 Onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp Ginger crushed
  • 2 cups Potato diced
  • 1 cup Beans cut in 1-inch size
  • 1 cup Carrot diced
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 nos Green chili slited
  • Curry leaves few
  • 1 tsp Pepper powder
  • 2 cups Milk you can add a little more if you want


  • Heat coconut oil in a pan.
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  • Once the oil is hot, add cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and bay leaf.
  • Fry for a few seconds.
  • Add onion and fry until they turn translucent.
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  • Add crushed ginger and fry for a few seconds.
  • Now add potato, beans, and carrot one by one.
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  • Add salt to taste. Mix well.
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  • Cover and cook, stirring in between.
  • Once the vegetables are half cooked, add curry leaves and green chili.
  • Now cover again and cook the vegetables.
  • Remove the lid now.
  • Add pepper powder and give it a nice stir. Fry for a minute or two.
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  • Now switch off the stove and let the mixture cool down a bit.
  • After about 5 minutes add milk to it. Mix well again.
  • Switch on the gas now, and stir the mixture well.
  • Cover the mixture and cook for 10-15 minutes on a slow flame. (stirring in between)
  • Now open the lid and add 1 tbsp of coconut oil. Mix and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Now switch off the gas.
  • So the stew is ready to be served.
  • It goes well along with wheat puttu, idiyappam, nool appam.


Nutrition Facts
Kerala Style Vegetable Stew Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1072 Calories from Fat 666
% Daily Value*
Fat 74g114%
Saturated Fat 46g288%
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 59mg20%
Sodium 704mg31%
Potassium 2311mg66%
Carbohydrates 71g24%
Fiber 20g83%
Sugar 40g44%
Protein 48g96%
Vitamin A 23155IU463%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Calcium 905mg91%
Iron 11mg61%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Frequently Asked Question about Vegetable Stew Recipe:

Is Vegetable Stew Healthy?

Yes, absolutely. Since stew is loaded with lots of fresh veggies, coconut oil, and some Indian spices. It is a very much healthy recipe to make.

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