Kozhi Ishtu (chicken Cooked In Coconut Milk)
My mom's side of the family prepares a kind of chicken curry in coconut milk that they refer to as Ishtu. Ishtu is a colloquial way of pronouncing stew which is a Portuguese influenced preparation of meat and vegetables stewed together. But the typical Kerala stew has vegetables and meat cooked in light coconut milk and whole spices and hence the curry is white. The version of my mom's side adds no whole spices and uses turmeric and coriander powder lending the curry a yellow colour. It also does a tempering at the end something that I find unique in non-veg preparations. And it is mandatory to add potatoes alone to this curry which is why I like this curry. We have it with rice, rotis, appams and puttu. It is mildly spiced and has a strong coconut flavour.