firstly, in a large kadai heat 2 tbsp oil. add 4 pods cardamom, 1 inch cinnamon, 4 cloves, and ¼ tsp pepper.
saute on low flame until the spices turn aromatic.
now add 4 shallots, 2 chilli, 1 inch ginger, 3 clove garlic and few curry leaves.
saute until the onions shrink slightly. make sure not to brown the onions.
further add 1 carrot, 1 potato, ½ cup peas, 6 beans and ½ tsp salt.
saute for a minute making sure the vegetables are crunchy.
add 2 cup of thin coconut milk and mix well. you can alternatively cook vegetables in water.
cover and cook for 8 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked well.
further, add 1½ cup thick coconut milk and ½ tsp salt.
mix well and cook until the stew just comes to a boil. do not boil after adding thick coconut milk, there are chances for coconut milk to split.
finally, enjoy the vegetable stew recipe with appam and idiyappam.