To truly understand the cuisine of Kerala, you may want to sit down for a few history lessons too - for it is not as simple as it appears. Considered as one of the most evolved sub-cuisines of India, Kerala's gastronomy is heavily influenced by the communities that inhabited the land and tried to restore their food in whichever manner they could. There was a time that Kerala was also referred 'land of spices' as it traded spices like turmeric and chillies with Europe and many ancient civilisations, hence, you may also find a pronounced use of spices in many Malabari preparations. One can find wide gamut vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes in the cuisine that further adds to its popularity. So, if you have always been so intrigued about the stellar chicken stew of Kerala, you should also know about its veg cousin - The Kerala veg stew.
The Kerala veg stew and appam - a feathery soft pancake made of rice batter - makes for a hearty breakfast combination in many South Indian households. The veg stew comprises a range of vegetables like potatoes, cauliflower and carrots. The stew uses many choice spices too, but it never feels too hot on your palate because of the addition of the ever-so soothing coconut milk. Both coconut oil and coconut milk are said to be replete with a range of health benefits. The latter is also a vegan favourite substitute for cow or buffalo milk. Coconut milk adds a nice and rich creamy texture. It also undercuts the overt spicy quality of the curry and makes it marvellously mellow.
Another reason why we are particularly craving the veg stew right now is its seasonal appeal. The carrots used in the stew makes the stew super wholesome and comforting. If not appams, you can also pair the stew with rice or parotta.
This veg stew will give your breakfast spread an instant facelift and we guarantee, even your little fussy-eaters are going to polish off their bowls this time. Mixing vegetables were never so much fun.
Here is the step-by-step recipe of Kerala Vegetable Stew.
Try making it at home and let us know how you liked it in the comments section below.
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