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Chicken Stew in Coconut Milk

Updated on April 3, 2015

Chicken Stew

On a cold winter or fall evening chicken stew is always a welcome change. The conventional recipe makes use of regular milk, but since we use a lot of coconut, I sometimes prefer to make my chicken stew in coconut milk. It's a nice variation, tastes great and those with lactose intolerance can also go ahead and enjoy this stew.

There are many ways of making this South Indian stew which is often referred to as Ishtew in a local corruption of the original word that came to us as part of our colonial legacy.

This recipe is based on my mother's style of cooking that I grew up watching.

All photos in this hub: © Aster56

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  • Prep time: 30 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 5-6

Ingredients

  • Chicken - 400 gms
  • Onion (medium size) - 1
  • Tomato - 1
  • Lime - 1
  • Cardamom -1
  • Cloves - 4-5
  • Cinnamon (11/2 inch sticks ) - 2
  • Pepper corns - 8-10
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Ginger paste - 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic paste - 1 teaspoon
  • Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
  • Cilantro leaves - 2 sprigs
  • Coconut - 1
  • Cauliflower - 4 florets
  • Shelled Peas - half cup
  • Carrot - 1
  • Oil - 2 tablespoons
  • Salt - to taste

Instructions

  1. Grate Coconut and extract coconut milk. Keep aside this milk (first milk). Now using the same grated coconut, add 2-3 cups of water and squeeze the coconut in the water so that it throws out all the milk. Now squeeze and sieve milk and keep it aside (second milk)
  2. Break the cauliflower into small florets and cut the carrot into small pieces (as shown in the photo above). Slit the green chili and slice the onion. Also slice the tomato. Keep aside all the cut vegetables.
  3. Take a pan, pour the oil and heat it. Put the bay leaf and other spices in the oil and let it splutter. Add onions and fry till it turns light brown. Add green chilies and curry leaves and keep stirring. Now add the ginger and garlic pastes and fry till a nice aroma comes from it. Add tomato and fry for 2-3 minutes. Now add all the vegetables and stir and keep frying for 5 minutes. Add the second milk and salt put it on slow flame and let the vegetables half-cook.
  4. Add the chicken pieces to the half-cooked vegetables and mix well. Cover and cook on slow fire till the chicken is cooked.
  5. Now add the thick first milk. Mix it and let it come to boil just once. Put off the flame. Squeeze juice of half a lime and garnish with cilantro leaves. Cover the stew and keep aside.
  6. Chicken stew in coconut milk is ready to be served with roti (Indian flat bread)
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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      for me it is a new recipe. definitely i will try this recipe. thanks

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      I have never tried coconut milk in soups and stews! I will definitely have to try this recipe!

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      This sounds really good. I love coconut milk in recipes.

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      Nice recipes, I hungry after look this

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      dragonlildragon 4 years ago

      Great recipe.

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      I must try! Looks great!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love it.... Looks and sounds yummy!

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      Wow! That sounds really good! I think coconut milk is great, and it's so good for you! I like green curry, too.

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      greenlivingsource 4 years ago

      This chicken stew looks so delicious, I want to try the recipe now.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Coconut milk adds such a great flavor. Bet this is delicious!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      A very delicious sounding soup indeed! Lovely pictures.

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      SheilaMilne 4 years ago from Kent, UK

      This sounds so tasty my mouth is already watering! I most definitely will be trying it.

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      I like coconut milk, though I buy it in a tine - don't very often see fresh coconuts here - and i like chicken with spices, so will definitely try this.

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      i Dia1 4 years ago

      I recently discovered coconut milk and often substitute it for milk. This recipe sound great. I will definitely try it.

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      estellaeffects lm 4 years ago

      This is my favorite stew.

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      MerlinFan 4 years ago

      I love coconut milk, never once thought to try it like this. Time to move into some new territory this week. Thanks.

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      casquid 4 years ago

      This soup looks scrumptious! Good lens for recipe collectors.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      as interesting read

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      thememorybooksh1 4 years ago

      Delicious, Thanks for the recipe!

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      Stephanie Tietjen 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      This is my kind of recipe. I love coconut milk and make chicken dishes with it--will have to try you delicious-sounding recipe. I love your photos!

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      Jogalog 5 years ago

      It sounds delicious. Looking at the list of ingredients I would imagine coconut milk would be better than regular milk anyway.

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      Love your photos and recipe. I'll have to try it, probably with canned coconut milk, though. Thank you!

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      a yummy-recipe :)

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      MichaelDubrovnik 5 years ago

      Those fresh ingredients made me wanna fly to Thailand right now!!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Would love to try this.

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      Robert Zimmerman 5 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      Sure looks yummy!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Your Ishtew sounds like an amazing adventure in chicken stew like never before and the coconut milk has to make it very special, there's one chef that would say that you kicked it up a notch!