Ishtu | Kerala Style Potato Stew



A Culinary Odyssey into the Heart of Ishtu

A South Indian Comfort Food

Embark on a gastronomic journey that unveils the soul-soothing comfort of Kerala Style Potato Stew, a dish that transcends mere sustenance and ventures into the realm of culinary poetry. Rooted in the culinary traditions of South India, Ishtu beckons with its aromatic charm, promising a symphony of flavors.

A Cultural Tapestry

Ishtu is more than just a dish, it’s a cultural tapestry woven with threads of tradition and regional flavors. Originating from the vibrant kitchens of South India, Ishtu reflects the diversity and richness of the culinary landscape, blending spices and ingredients in a harmonious dance.

Comfort Redefined

At its core, Ishtu/Kerala Style Potato Stew epitomizes comfort food. A spoonful of this delicacy evokes a sense of home, bringing forth memories of family gatherings, festive occasions, and lazy Sunday brunches. Its ability to wrap you in a warm, comforting embrace, transcends the boundaries of taste, creating an emotional connection that goes beyond the culinary.

The Art of Subtlety

Ishtu stands out for its artful balance of flavors. Unlike more assertive dishes, the dish relies on the subtle interplay of spices, vegetables, and coconut milk to create a symphony of taste that is both comforting and nuanced.

Vegetarian Elegance

In a culinary landscape often dominated by meat centric dishes, the potato stew shines as a beacon of vegetarian elegance. The medley of vegetables, gently simmered in a coconut-infused broth, creates a sensory experience that proves vegetarian cuisine can be both sophisticated and deeply satisfying.

Culinary Craftsmanship

Behind the scenes, the creation of the stew is a testament to the artistry of South Indian culinary craftsmanship. Each ingredient is chosen with care, and the meticulous blending of flavors is a skill passed down through generations. The result is a dish that not only delights the taste buds but also showcases the dedication to preserving and evolving culinary traditions.

The Global Appeal

Ishtu’s universal appeal extends far beyond the borders of South India. Its gentle flavors and comforting nature have made it a favorite among those seeking a respite from the fast-paced world.


Ishtu, with its South Indian roots and global appeal, invites you on a journey into the heart of comfort. As you savor its subtle flavors and embrace its cultural richness, you’ll discover that Ishtu is more than a dish, it’s a culinary odyssey that transcends time and space.


Ishtu | Kerala Style Potato Stew

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people



  • Remove the skin of potato and slice into squares.
  • Slice the onion into thin sections.
  • Slit the green chillies lengthwise.
  • :- Depending on hotness required, u can increase / decrease no. of chillies.
  • Slice the ginger into thin sections.
  • :- You can add half of a tomato sliced for tanginess, if u like.
  • Extract thick coconut milk from the grated coconut by adding water and blending in a mixer. Keep this 1st coconut milk aside. Add some more water and extract second coconut milk too.
  • Pressure cook the above ingredients with salt and second milk extract of coconut. Cook the potatoes for 5 minutes or so till done.
  • After opening the lid of the cooker, add the thick coconut milk.
  • :- The milk should have sufficient thickness as the gravy should not be too watery.
  • :- Don`t allow this to boil.
  • Simmer for 2 minutes on low flame.
  • Switch off the stove.
  • Season it with coconut oil, curry leaves and coriander leaves.


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Response (3)
  1. r
    rajeev May 6, 2008

    A good one..thanks

  2. d
    dhanya May 27, 2008

    hi megha..thanx for the pic..

  3. s
    sithara July 20, 2007

    hi..i have been looking for this recipe for turned out jus` great..thanks 🙂

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