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Vegetable Ishtu | Mixed Veg Stew

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Course: Gravy
Cuisine: Indian
Author: Vidya Srinivasan


  • Carrot – 2 peeled and cut into slightly big chunks
  • Potato – 1 big peeled and cut into big chunks
  • Beans - 6 abut 1  inch
  • Cauliflower - 1/4 cut into florets
  • Green Peas  - 1/4 cup
  • Onion – 1 sliced finely
  • Green chilly - 2 Adjust According to your spice level
  • Whole black pepper - 1/4 teaspoon optional or pepper powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cloves - 2
  • Cardamom – 2 or 1/4 teaspoon
  • Thick coconut milk -  1 cup + 1/4 cup
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Salt - as needed
  • Coconut oil - 1 tablespoon


  • For instant pot version
  • Add coconut oil and when the oil is hot add bay leaves and cloves
  • Add onions, green chilies and pinch of salt; saute
  • Add pepper powder and cardamom powder
  • Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or till onions are translucent. Sprinkle little water if required
  • Turn off IP
  • Add vegetables, remaining salt, 1/4 coconut milk and 1/2 cup of water
  • Cook for 1 min on high pressure and let it naturally release steam
  • After pressure settles down gently open the lid; mix well
  • Add 1 cup of thick coconut milk, cook for a minute and switch off
  • To cook in pan:
  • Add  oil to a pan. When oil is hot add cloves and bay leaves
  • Add onion, green Chilli, pepper powder, cardamom powder and salt; sauté 
  • Cook for 2 to 3 minutes
  • Add the cubed vegetables & combine well.
  • Add 1/4 cup of  coconut milk and water, bring to boil, simmer to medium
  • Cover and cook till vegetables are cooked; sauté once in a while
  • Add 1 cup of coconut  milk and cook for 30 seconds and switch off
  • Add little coconut oil in a small pan and sauté curry leaves; add it to the stew


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  1. Can add garlic and ginger
  2. Frozen veggies can be used for making stew
  3. I have used store brought coconut milk but coconut milk can also be made in home
  4. Add water to 2cups of coconut and grind it. Filter the ground 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
  5. For pressure cooker method repeat the same process in pressure cooker and cook for one whistle, manual/natural release 
  6. Coconut cream can be used instead of coconut milk
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