Saturday, August 8, 2015

Posted by Mala at 2:00:00 AM No comments
 Under the Inseparable Combos, here comes Vegetable Stew, yet another dish from my Salem Home, which is done so quickly in a pressure pan. The delicate aroma of the vegetables cooked in thin coconut milk, the crunchy vegetables, and the mild flavours of the spices seasoned, make this an excellent dish. This is perfect to be served with Aappams.


                                                      Potatoes - 2, slit lengthwise
                                                      Carrots - 2, slit lengthwise
                                                      Onions - 2, slit into thin strips
                                                       Fresh peas - 1/2 cup
                                                       Salt to taste
                                                       Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
                                                       Khus khus (poppy seeds) - 1 tsp
                                                       Thin coconut milk extract - 3 cups
                                                       Thick coconut milk extract - 1 1/2 cups
                                                        Cornflour - 1 tsp, diluted in little bit water

Here are the spices

Green chillies - 4, slit
Cardamoms - 3
Cloves - 3
Cinnamon sticks - 2 small ones
Star anise - 1/2
Coconut oil - 3 tsps, to season
Bay leaf - 1
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp

In the pressure pan, add all the seasonings in coconut oil, and after they splutter, add the onions.

After sauteeing well, add the vegetables, 

Add salt, garam masala and Khus khus. Add 1 cup of thin coconut milk, mixed with corn flour, Close the lid and cook for 2 whistles,  (See to it that the vegetables are not overcooked. Each pressure cooker differs, and only the person who has been using it will know how many whistles to cook for)). .                     

                                        This is the thin  coconut milk, corn flour mixed

This is how it looks after opening the lid after 2 whistles, when the pressure releases.

Thick coconut milk extract

Switch off, and then add the thick, first extract of the coconut milk.

Serve hot with Aappams.

*Stew is normally supposed to be mild and delicate. If you want it to be spicier, then add more green chillies, or add some ground chillies, which might slightly change the white colour of the stew.


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