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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Potato Stew Recipe-Kerala Style Potato Stew-Side Dish for Appam-Idiyappam-Chapathi

Potato stew/ishtu is a very simple dish made with potatoes and coconut milk. It is a fantastic side dish for appam, idiyappam and even chapathi. It is easy to make and tastes very delicious. Today we will learn how to make potato stew following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Potato Stew-Side dish for appam-idiyappam

Potato Stew with Coconut Milk

Potato Stew

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Serves: 2-3
 Recipe CategorySide Dish
 Recipe CuisineKerala

   Ingredients needed

   Potatoes - 3 medium size
   Onion - 1 thinly sliced
   Green Chilli - 3 slit
   Thin coconut milk - 1 cup
   Thick coconut milk - 1 - 1 1/4 cup
   Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
   Salt to taste

   For the seasoning

   Coconut oil - 2 tsp
   Cinnamon - 1/2 inch piece
   Cloves - 2
   Bay leaf - 1
   Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
   Curry Leaves - a sprig


Wash and peel the skin of potatoes. Chop it into medium sized pieces. Slit green chillies and thinly slice onions.

Extract thin and thick coconut milk. Check how to extract coconut milk.


Heat a tsp of coconut oil in a pan, add cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf and fennel seeds.

potato stew with coconut milk

When fennel seeds splutters, add onion and green chillies. Saute until onion turns transparent. (do not brown the onions).

easy potato stew recipe

Add the potato cubes, coriander powder, salt needed and thin coconut milk.

Cook until potatoes are soft. You can also pressure cook for 3 whistles.

Kerala style potato stew

Once cooked, slightly mash a few potato pieces.

Add thick coconut milk and simmer for a minute.

Potato Stew Recipe

Add a sprig of curry leaves and drizzle a tsp of coconut oil. Stew should be thin.

Serve with appam or idiyappam or chapati.

Potato stew-side dish for appam

You can make stew with mixed vegetables also. Check my mixed vegetable stew recipe.

More Side dishes for Appam and Idiyappam

Mixed vegetable stew

Vegetable kurma

Butter beans kurma

Sweetened Coconut milk (add little sugar to coconut milk)

Chapati Kurma 

Cauliflower Korma

Tomato Kurma


  1. Fantastic !! I make this the same way :)) except that I don't add cinnamon and bay loeaf:)

  2. For pumpkin pulipu kootu we can try curry vadam (made of karamani,Udit dal, chillies dried in sun and stored). It will taste yummy.


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