A typical Kerala dish. The most favorite side dish for any Kerala tiffin in the likes of Aappam, Idiyappam or Puttu. I have made ishtu with only potatoes but it can also be prepared with other vegetables like carrot, beans or onion.


Potatoes — 2 big ones

Green chili —- 1

Ginger —- 1/2 inch pc

Coconut milk — 1 1/2 cup

Salt —- 3/4 tsp

Coconut oil —- 1 tbsp

Few curry leaves.


Peel the skin of the potatoes and cut them into small cubes. Slit the chili and cut the ginger into juliennes. Add 2 cups of water in a deep pan add the green chili and ginger to it and allow to boil for 2 minutes. Add the cut potatoes ,salt and cook the potatoes. Once the potatoes are half cooked add the coconut milk ,lower the flame and cook further till the potatoes are fully cooked and you get a creamy texture. Put of the heat drizzle the coconut oil and add the pinched curry leaves. Enjoy Ishtu.

( I have used the readymade coconut milk powder for the coconut milk.)

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