Being a tambrahm I didnt know this recipe - vegetable stew unless I learnt it from my MIL. Stew was not a common recipe at home. There are lot of mallu specialities which I have learnt in the last 2 years. For the extended family its a favourite recipe which has to be had very frequently as an accompaniment to the main recipes like appam, chappati, idiappam etc. Any Kerala food , there has to be coconut ingredients in it as it is available in abundance.
It is weekend time and the fridge needs to be cleared of its stocks. So for breakfast this morning, I prepared vegetable stew in my style. If you are fond of vegetables you can fit in any veggie that you need to add.
So here goes the karma yoga for Vegetable Stew!!
Ingredients (basically whatever vegetables left over in the fridge)
2 -3 potatoes
1 onion (optional if you want the stew to be highly saatvic)
10 pieces beans
Some green peas ( I have not added in this recipe, but you can add)
2 pieces capsicum (optional)
4 -5 Beans
Ginger finally chopped
3 Green Chillies
10 - 12 Curry Leaves
1 Grated Coconut1 tbsp Salt to taste
Ideally, you have to grate the coconut and then get the thick coconut milk from it. However, I had to rush to work today and I used the ready made one (coconut milk hommade - dabur). The readymade milk is also quite thick. Its just that we cant store it for more than a week.
All the vegetables to be cubed. You can slit the gree chillies also pressure cook it along with the other vegetables. Ensure that the veggies are not overcooked. (2 whistles max) The vegetables need to retain their cubed form. You can add the curry leaves also when you pressure cook.
Then add this thick coconut milk to the vegetables and mix it well. If you wish to you can boil it for 2 minutes. You can smash 4 pieces of potato in the mix so that it gives a unique taste to the stew. It is the curry leaves and the finely chopped ginger which gives the stew its divine flavour.
Bhakti Tip - Garnish it with love and devotion. Any one can cook. A few years ago I thought that I cannot be one, but now I am improving and I am quite happy with my progress. So just go and cook!!
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies - Mother Theresa