POTATO STEW ( No onion no garlic recipe)

This is a very delicious dish called potato stew and my personal favourite for a quick side dish to go with many dishes.

I love the fact you dont need onions to make this dish tasty, the addition of coconut milk is the key to the yummiest dish.

This can well  be an addition to the array of other dishes while you are entertaining and need a quick addition. Useful when you have no veggies except potatoes and tomatoes. The recipe is sourced from Samaithu Paar ( cook and see) by Meenakshi Ammal , my cooking Guru .I have made tiny changes.


1 cup peeled cubed potatoes ( big chunks)
1 cup chopped firm tomatoes  ( slightly smaller pieces)
1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves for garnishing
salt to taste
2 cups thick  coconut milk ( either extracted or made using coconut milk powder)

If you have the time , grind freshly grated coconut  and extract fresh coconut milk twice enough to make 2 cups. 

To roast and grind

3- 4 red dry chiliies
2 tsp peppercorns
2 tsp coriander seeds
2 tsp chana dal 
1 tbsp grated coconut or desiccated coconut ( not to be roasted, but added while grinding)

To temper

1 tsp coconut oil( preferred)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
some curry leaves for garnishing


Take a pan, add coconut oil, add the cumin seeds , add the chopped tomatoes and peeled cubed  potatoes.Add some water just enough to cook till slightly tender. Add a bit of salt now. Add some curry leaves, let it boil .

Meanwhile roast the ingredients  mentioned  in “to roast and grind”, when cooled grind to paste with grated coconut and  little water .

Now add this paste to the cooking mixture of potatoes and tomatoes.

Add little more water now as gravy shouldn’t thicken too much.
When the potatoes, tomatoes have cooked well add the coconut milk, dilute if thick.
Let the flame be on a low, dont allow to boil over after adding coconut milk.Adjust salt.
Remove and garnish with coriander leaves.

This is an excellent dish to go with rice, sevai, chapatis, idlis and dosas.

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