Saturday, February 20, 2010

Varutharacha Kozhi Curry (Chicken Curry)

I rarely cook varutharacha kozhi curry, mostly because I am lazy to roast and grind the ingredients. So I mostly make chicken masala, stew or fries, which is much easier to make. But last weekend I decided to go for it as my hubby was home and was ready to help me :). I really love this with traditional kerala rice.

Chicken - 800 gm (Chopped into medium cubes)
Coconut - 1 1/2 cup
Potato - 2 nos small (Chopped into cubes)
Onion - 2 medium (Sliced into half length wise)
Green Chilly - 2 nos (Split into half)
Tomato - 1 medium (Chopped into square shape)
Ginger - 1 inch (chopped into fine pieces)
Garlic - 3 cloves
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 t spoon
Red Chilly Powder - 1 1/2 t spoon (1/2 t spoon for roasting & 1 t spoon for marinating)
Coriander Powder - 1 t spoon
Chicken Masala - 1 t spoon
Dried Red Chilly - 2 nos
Curry Leaves - 1 sprig
Coriander Leaves - 2-3 sprigs
Salt - To taste
Cinnamon stick - 1 inch broken into pieces
Clove - 4nos.
Cardamom - 3 nos
Oil - 2 table spoon

  1. Heat a pan and roast the coconut till light brown. Then add the dried red chillies, coriander powder, chicken masala and 1/2 t spoon of red chilly powder and fry for 5 mins. Keep it aside and let it cool.
  2. Grind the roasted mix by adding a little water and make a smooth paste.
  3. Marinate chicken with 1/2 t spoon of turmeric, salt, 1 t spoon of chilly powder and keep aside for 20 mins.
  4. Heat a Chatti (Earthen Pot) & add oil. Add onion, green chillies and saute well.
  5. Add ginger and garlic and saute for 5-10 seconds.
  6. Add salt, turmeric and mix well.
  7. Add potatoes and stir continuously.
  8. Then add marinated chicken pieces together with the chopped tomatoes and mix well.
  9. Cover the chatti with a lid and allow the chicken to cook over medium flame for about 10 minutes. In between open the lid and stir well.
  10. Once the chicken is cooked, add the grinded paste, 3/4 cup of water and mix well and allow to cook for another 5 minutes with the lid open.
  11. Add spices (Cinnamon stick, cloves and cardamom), curry leaves and switch off the flame.
  12. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Delicious varutharacha kozhi curry is ready. It is a great combination with rice, chappathi or porotta. This will be enough to serve 6 persons.

There are two ingredients missing here as I ran out of stock. Shallots and coconut slices.
Usually shallots will be sauted along with the onions and for tempering we use coconut slices.


  1. That looks yummy! for me, the easiest thing is to make varutharacha curries.. The secret is I bring almost roasted coconut (Mamma Roasted!!) from India every time I vist...It will sit in the fridge for more than a year... When need to make the curry I could just do a quick roasting and I am done :-)

  2. wowww fathima..nalla idea.this time i will get 4rm india..:)thanks dear..

  3. ya this is a easy way.....u toooo can make and keep it in fridge.....y waiting to go to kerala....curry looks yummy..

  4. full of flavours and seems really delicious...very nice recipe...

  5. OMG...the gravy looks so tempting and colorful dear...must have tasted delicious :)

  6. Hi Fathima

    The gravy looks awesome. I can almost touch them from here.


  7. enta appu...enthinaa ee pavam garbhiniyee kothipikunne....alpam courier cheyyu enikkum koodi....nice n rich...sheriyaa varutharachu edukkan okke easy alla...pakshe eduthaali kazhikaan valare easy yaa.....nice presentation...

  8. Kurachu chorum morum koodi edutho..njan angottekku purapettu kazhinju...

  9. Chicken curry looks fantastic and makes me hungry..

  10. Ethokke thanne thinnuvalle...edakkokke parcel service cheythukoode....looking really yummy...

  11. @beena ni 1varshathil 8masam naatil sukavasam athukondu edakku paniedukku ketta mole..njan 1 year aayi naatipoyituu..

  12. wow...really mouth watering, to have this with anything!

  13. Looks to have it with hot rice.

  14. enikkum Cicily-yude athe chodyam thanne aanu ullathu...kurachu parcel ayakkumo?...:-) kidilan curry !

  15. ellavarkkum parcel cheyyuna koottathil engootum porattai oru portion.Njan address mail cheythu tharam.

  16. eswara..vayil kappalodan thodaghi, looks so spicy and delectable!!!

  17. allarkum parcelaayi ayachutharatoo.@ resh..gud to knw that u r carrying.nallonam fud okke kazhikku..kunjuvava ente varutharacha curyyokke kandu vellam erakunnadukum..:)

  18. This sounds divine!!! I love all the big flavors in this. Lots of WOW in this beautiful dish. Many thanks for sharing...