Coconut Stew

Coconut Stew

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Appam is served with coconut stew, delicately flavoured with coconut and spices.

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Coconut Stew recipe - How to make Coconut Stew

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     2Makes 2 cups
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1 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
2 cardamoms
2 cloves (laung / lavang)
1 stick cinnamon (dalchini)
1 green chilli ,
salt to taste
1 tsp cornflour dissolved in 2 tbsp water
1 1/2 cups boiled mixed vegetables (carrots ,
and french beans) , cut diagonally

For Serving
  1. Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Add the cardamom, cloves and cinnamon, mix well and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  3. Add the coconut milk, green chilli and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  4. Add the cornflour-water mixture and mixed vegetables, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring continuously.
  5. Serve hot with appam.

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making cornflour mixture

  1. In a small bowl put 1 tsp cornflour.
  2. Add 2 tbsp water.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Cornflour mixture ready.

making coconut stew

  1. Heat 2 tsp coconut oil in a broad non-stick pan. Coconut oil has a distinctive flavor profile, adding a subtle sweetness and a characteristic coconut aroma to the stew. The mild sweetness and subtle coconut flavor of coconut oil can sometimes help to enhance the natural flavors of the vegetables in the stew. Use coconut oil instead of processed seed oils.
  2. Add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds.
  3. Let the seeds crackle.
  4. Add 1 green chilli , slit.
  5. Add 1/2 tsp grated ginger. Ginger offers a warming and slightly spicy flavor profile that complements the savory taste of vegetables and other seasonings in the stew. Adding grated ginger at the beginning of cooking allows its aromatic oils to be released and infuse the entire stew, creating a more fragrant and inviting dish.
  6. Add 10 to 12 curry leaves. While not overpowering, curry leaves contribute a subtle, slightly bitter and earthy flavor to the stew. This subtle bitterness complements the richness of the coconut milk and other spices, adding a touch of complexity to the flavor profile. Curry leaves are native to India and widely used in South Indian cuisine. Their use in vegetable stews holds cultural significance, representing traditional cooking practices and flavors specific to the region.
  7. Add 1 Kashmiri dry red chilli, broken into pieces. Unlike many red chillies, Kashmiri red chillies are known for their deep red color without overwhelming heat. This adds a visually appealing and appetizing touch to your vegetable stew. Kashmiri red chillies are relatively mild on the heat scale compared to other red chilli varieties. This allows you to achieve a hint of warmth in your stew without overpowering the other flavors of the vegetables and spices.
  8. Sauté for a few seconds.
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  10. Add 1/2 cup chopped onions. Onions add a sweet, savory, and slightly pungent base flavor that complements the other vegetables in the stew. 
  11. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
  12. Add 1/4 cup green peas. Green peas contribute a touch of natural sweetness to the stew, complementing the savory flavors of other vegetables like carrots, potatoes, and onions. Green peas offer a contrasting texture to the other vegetables in the stew.
  13. Add 1 1/2 cup chopped potatoes. Potatoes add a satisfying body and texture to the stew. They soften and become tender during the cooking process, offering a delightful contrast to the other vegetables which may remain firmer. Potatoes are generally an affordable and readily available ingredient, making them a practical choice for many vegetable stew recipes.
  14. Add 1/2 cup chopped carrots. Carrots add a hint of natural sweetness to the stew, complementing the savory flavors of other vegetables and herbs. Carrots hold their shape well during simmering, adding visual appeal to the finished stew.
  15. Add 1/2 cup chopped French beans. They offer a slight bite compared to softer vegetables like potatoes or carrots. Green beans have a mild, slightly sweet flavor that complements the savory richness of the stew broth.
  16. Add 1 1/2 cups water. Water is the primary component of the cooking liquid in vegetable stew. It creates the base for simmering the vegetables, allowing them to soften, release their flavors, and become tender. As the vegetables simmer in the water, they release their natural flavors and aromas.
  17. Cover and cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until vegetables are cooked.
  18. Image after cooking vegetables.
  19. Add 1 cup coconut milkCoconut milk offers a unique richness and creaminess to the stew. Coconut milk contributes a subtle sweetness and a touch of tropical aroma to the stew. Coconut milk can help thicken the stew naturally, contributing to a more satisfying texture compared to using only water or vegetable broth.
  20. Cook on low heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
  21. Add the cornflour mixture.
  22. Add salt to taste. We added xx tsp salt.
  23. Add freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  24. Cook on medium heat  for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  25. Garnish with coriander and serve coconut stew | coconut vegetable stew | South Indian coconut stew | hot with appam.

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Coconut Stew
 on 06 Nov 20 08:32 PM

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Tarla Dalal    Thanks so much for trying our recipe, it means a lot to us. Keep trying more recipes and sharing your feedback with us.
09 Nov 20 10:49 AM
Coconut Stew
 on 18 Feb 16 09:00 PM

It came out very very well both the appam and the stew.
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Tarla Dalal    Thanks Nalini. We are delighted you loved the coconut stew recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback. Happy Cooking.
19 Feb 16 10:09 AM
Coconut Stew
 on 20 Apr 13 02:42 PM

Love your appam recipe and coconut stew goes perfectly with it.