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Potato Stew

- Submitted by Dahlia on 2nd Apr 2011

(Potato Istoo, Uralakilangu Estu)


  • Potato – 3 (peeled and cubed)
  • Onion – 1 big (sliced)
  • Green Chilly – 4-5 ((cut lengthwise)
  • Ginger – 1” piece (finely chopped)
  • Thin Coconut Milk – 1 cup
  • Thick coconut milk – 1 cup
  • Water – as needed
  • Curry leaves – 2 springs
  • Salt – as needed
  • Coconut Oil – 1 tbsp

Potato Stew


  1. Take the thin coconut milk in a pan (or a pressure cooker) and add the potatoes, onion, green chilies and ginger into it.
  2. Add required salt, some more water and turn on the stove.
  3. Boil the potatoes till it turns soft and mushy. (If using pressure cooker, cook for 2 whistles.)
  4. Open the lid, reduce the flame and add the thick coconut milk.
  5. Let it just heat through for about 2 minutes.
  6. Add the coconut oil and curry leaves to the stew and switch off.
  7. Keep the pan covered for few minutes so that the flavors of the oil and curry leaves can be induced into the stew.

Serving Suggestions

  • Stew is traditionally served with aapam and idiyappam.
  • This also tastes very good with sandwich bread, chappatti, poori, puttu or white rice.
  • It can also be had as a simple potato soup with some toasted bread.


  • Spicy food lovers can add some whole garam masala (1 cinnamon, 2 cardomom, 3 cloves, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and 1//2 tsp fennel powder) while cooking the stew. This add the flavor of all the spices to the stew.
  • Add some more vegetables to the stew like carrots, green peas, cauliflower, beans etc to the stew and you have 'Mixed Vegetable Stew'.

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Comments (3)

raji   (November 1, 2012)
i am talking about this story during 1983
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (November 2, 2012)
wow.. I'm sure it must have been a delicious meal. I love the simplicity of the dish but the great taste that it gives.
raji   (November 1, 2012)
this is a lovely item Dahlia. once i was in madras went to salagram to a family friends place. when we reached there, it was lunch time. we were four people. she did know what to do. i said just give us whatever you are having it is not a issue but she did not listen. she made potato stew, rice and chutta papadam (roasted papad and pickle) with ghee. what a lovely lunch we had i can't express. the stew was lovely. garma garam lunch yummy it was.

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