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Vegetable stew for Appam

Appam and vegetable stewVegetable stew is prepared by cooking vegetables of your choice in coconut milk. It can be served as a side dish to Appam, Idiyappam. I love to taste appam with coconut milk. My mom made this vegetable stew when she came to US last time. Everyone liked this gravy and immediately I got the recipe from her.  It is very quick and easy recipe.  Add vegetables of your choice. Please check below for step wise instructions and pictures for preparing Kerala style vegetable stew.

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins 
Ready In:  30 mins 
Yields: 3 servings
vegetable stew

(Potato, Green Beans, Carrot) 
2 Cups
Coconut Oil
2 tsp
Finely chopped Ginger and Garlic 
1 tbsp
Green Chilli Slit open
Curry leaves
Garam masala items
Cloves -2
Cinnamon - Small stick
Cardamom -1 

Onions Cut lengthwise
1/2 Cup
Thin Coconut milk
2 Cups
Freshly ground pepper powder
1 tsp
Thick Coconut milk
1 Cup

  • Wash and cut the vegetables. I have used Carrots, Beans and Potato.  Heat coconut oil in the pan and add finely chopped ginger and garlic. Fry till raw smell goes off. Add green chillies and curry leaves. 
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  •  Add garam masala items ( Cloves, Cinnamon and Cardamom). Add onions cut lengthwise and fry till they turn translucent. Add veggies.

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  • Add  thin coconut milk. Allow it to boil and simmer till the vegetables are cooked. Add salt and pepper powder.
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  •  Lastly add thick coconut milk and allow it to boil for 2-3 mins.
Kerala style vegetable stew

In order to save the cooking time, I steam the veggies and add it to the coconut milk.
Both Green chillies and pepper powder are added. so adjust to your taste.


  1. Just got back from Kerala. Eat appam to utmost satisfaction. This stew is a perfect pairing for it. We over here however eat appam as a sweet treat with coconut milk and brown sugar.

  2. vegetable stew looks creamy and delicious


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