Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Potato Stew / Ishtu / Eshtu

Aappam is one of my favorite morning breakfast, obviously on weekends. (In weekdays, never find time to eat). Mostly, I like coconut milk for Aappam, but for a change I prepared this Potato stew (called as Ishtu/Eshtu). To my surprise, all my family members loved this. (Think they got bored of coconut milk always... he he he...). I took the recipe here.


  • Potato - 3 (boiled and peeled) (cut 2 potatos into small cubes and smash 1 potato)
  • Carrot - 1 (cut into small pieces)
  • Coconut Oil - 2 tsp
  • Cinnamon stick - 1/2 inch
  • Fennel seeds - a pinch
  • Cloves - 3
  • Star anise - 1
  • Bay-leaf - 1
  • Ginger paste - 1 tsp
  • Garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Onion - 1 (big - cut lengthwise)
  • Green chillie - 2
  • Thick coconut milk - 1 cup
  • Thin coconut milk - 2 cup
  • Salt - as needed
  • Curry leaves - few


  • In a Kadai/Wok, add fennel seeds, crushed bay leaf, star anise, cinnamon stick and cloves. Fry for a min. 


  •  To this add onion and fry.

  •  Add Ginger-garlic paste and green chillies.

  •  When the Onion are translucent, add the potato cubes and 1 cup of the thin coconut milk. 

  • To this add the smashed potato.

  •  Add the carrot and remaining 1 cup of coconut milk

  • Cover and allow the veggies to cook.

  •  Add the thick coconut milk, and curry leaves and switch off the stove after 5 min.

  • Serve hot with Aappam.

  • Adding carrot is optional.
  • Actually I used, store bought coconut milk and with half of that added water and mixed. So I felt little oily. Hoping to try with fresh coconut milk next time.

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45 lovely comments:


appam and potato stew makes an awesome combo :)


Delicious flavorful stew..

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Shailaja Reddy

Interesting & Lovely potato stew.


Nice. I too use store bought coconut milk these days. It makes life easier!


My favorite side dish for appams..

Priya R

what a lovely stew recipe, would love to try this

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Yum stew


I love stew especially with appam :) Your stew and appam look wonderful together !


Looks delicious and mouth watering. I love the appam stew combo.


Wow...love it....simply delectable....

Priti S

you got it so perfect ....with that aapam it looks yum


yummy stew,nice combo with appams!
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Looks delicious

Reshmi Mahesh

Ishtu looks perfect and yummy..Love with puttu...

Saraswathi Tharagaram

Rich stew..looks delicious..

Mano Saminathan

Potato stew really looks very nice and mouth watering!!


Potato stew goes seriously fabulous with string hoppers,looks yummy.


wow awesome combo.. sounds very tasty..

Swathi Iyer

Delicious potato stew Akila, I love it thanks for linking with Favorite recipes event: Breakfast recipes


Super tempting stew!!

Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies

Wonderful creamy stew...great for the coming winter months!

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Looks delicious. I like everything that has coconut in it:)

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Navaneetham Krishnan

This is nice and I never thought how potato can be used, I mean after mashing into a stew. We eat loads of potatoes and we definitely will go for the stew.

Just like you, I have no time for breakfast during weekdays and only on weekends.

Kathleen Richardson

I love, love, love anything with coconut oil and coconut milk. What a wonderful stew!

Mary Kay LaBrie

Looks wonderful!

Divya Pramil

Flavorful stew.. Nice clicks too dear :)
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Great recipe, looks awesome!


looks tempting & delicious...mouthwatering!

Roha Khan


Looks Tempting..!!

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That's new recipe with potato to me...looks yum....

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Looks yummy Akila..


Love them with aapam. Such a subtle curry to go with it. Looks so inviting and delicious!



looks so fresh, inviting & delicious...mouthwatering!


Looks very very good!

An Open Book

i make something similar but with a whole lot more veggies...its a great combo with appam and idiappam and all so i keep making it quite often.


This is a great dish.One of my favorites.Great presentation.


u made it perfect. lovely white color :)

Asiya Omar

Looks lovely jay..

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Shirley Tay

Akila, love your recipes! This soup looks awfully tempting. It's great connecting with u, dear!


Interesting Potato stew recipe. Looking delicious!

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