Ishtu Kerala Style


Ishtu Kerala Style

Kerala Urulakizhangu( Potato) stew
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 5 people


  • 4 nos Potato
  • 2 nos Carrots I use baby carrots
  • 1/4 Green peas I use it to give a color to my stew, Pacha pattani
  • 2 nos Onions julienned, big
  • 1 1/2 inch Ginger thinly sliced lenghtwise
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic paste
  • 2 stems Currly leaves
  • 2 cups Thin coconut milk
  • 3/4 to Thick coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • Salt As reqd

For Masala:

  • 3 flaps Cinnamon Karugapatta
  • 3 nos Cloves Grambu
  • 3 nos Cardamoms Elakka
  • 1 no Bay leaf


  • Peel off the skin from potatoes and carrots.
  • Microwave each item separtely with enough water and salt.
  • :- Cooking time for potato and carrot can be different.
  • Take aside 1/4 cup of cooked potatoes, mash it very well and keep it aside.
  • Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan.
  • Add the masala ingredients to it.
  • Once the masala aroma comes out, add onions, green chillies, curry leaves, followed by ginger and garlic.
  • When you see onions becoming translucent and green chillies skin bubbling up, add green peas and saute for 7 minutes.
  • To this mix, add cooked potatoes and carrots and coat them well with the masala mix.
  • Add thin coconut milk along with mashed potatoes and let it cook on low flame for 15 mins.
  • :- Mashed potatoes thickens the gravy.
  • Taste test here for salt and adjust to taste.
  • Add thick coconut milk, bring it to boil and take it out immediately from the stove.
  • :- The gravy consistency should be thick and gluey.
  • Garnish with more curry leaves .
  • Standards I follow:- 1) 2 cups thin milk = 1 1/4 cup water + 3/4 cups thick milk 2) If I dont have all masala ingredients, I use 1/4 - 1/2 garam masala powder (But taste is very much compromised..). 3) Before serving I take out masala sticks out, if I end up using whole spices. 4) Some times, I put star anise before serving as garnish and serving purposes.
  • Enjoy the Ishtu Kerala Style!!
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Response (6)
  1. j
    jincy May 27, 2009

    vary tasty

  2. D
    Devi January 22, 2009

    Greenpeas idea kollam.. :). Nice post

  3. K
    Karthika Anurudh January 22, 2009

    very tasty dish, goes well with appams and vellappamm…thanks

  4. J
    Jayasree January 22, 2009

    ee peru adhyamaya kelkunne…. curry kollam

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