Varutharacha Kozhi - Chicken Curry Recipe | Chicken in Roasted Coconut Gravy

Some recipes are so good they are worth revisiting. This Varutharacha Chicken Curry is one among the old favorite recipe that deserved a little revamp, mainly in the picture department :-)


I just made this dish  last night, when my best friend 'M' and her husband visited us for dinner, and this curry happens to be one of her favorites.This particular chicken curry recipe have long been a favorite amongst my friends. I first brought them to a get-together and they were such a hit, they have been requested many times since. So, this post, especially is for those, who were lucky enough to have tasted this and also to the rest of you out there :-) Every time I do I’m reminded of why I love this curry so much...simple, delicioius, yet spicy! This curry is one that my mom makes at home quite often, I love it when she prepares it, she makes them to go with the famous  Kerala Parotta, or with Ney Pathiri.


Coming to the recipe part now, Varutharacha Chicken Curry is a popular and the most basic chicken curry in Kerala (South India), prepared by adding roasted coconut with spices. The perfect blend of roasted coconut and spices gives a rich and aromatic flavor to curry. It could be made in millions of ways because each household has a recipe of their own! The curry goes well with almost all dishes prepared back home and is mainly served with Rice Kerala Parotta, Ney Pathiri, Roti or any Indian Bread. It also pairs very well with Appams, Noolappam /String Hopper etc...If you love spicy chicken curry this is must try, I am sure it will be a wonderful addition to your “to do” list :)

So here you go – an old favorite made even better. Enjoy!

Varutharacha Kozhi Curry Recipe | Varutharacha Chicken Curry Recipe | Chicken in Roasted Coconut Gravy- Kerala Style

  Preparation Time : 20 minutes
  Cooking Time : 30 minutes
  Serves : 4

Ingredients :
Chicken/Kozhi : 1/2 kg /1.1 lb
Grated Coconut : 1 cup
Thin Coconut Slices/ Thenga Kothu : 3 tbsp 
Coriander Powder : 21/2 tsp
Whole Black Pepper : 1 1/2 tsp or to  your spice tolerance 
Turmeric Powder :1/4 tsp
Red Chilly Powder : 1/4 tsp
Home made Garam Masala : 1 tsp (To Make Fresh Homemade Garam Masala : Fennel Seeds /Perum Jeerakam : 1 tsp, Cinnamon Stick/karugapatta : 2 inch pieces, Cloves/Grambu : 2, Star anise / Takkolam : 2, Green Cardamom /Elakka : 2 pods (or) Use Store Bought Garam Masala : 1 tsp)
Shallots : 2 cup or Onion : 1 large (thinly, sliced)
Ginger : 1 inch piece (crushed)
Green Chillies : 4-5 or as required
Warm Water : 1/4 cup
Coconut Oil : 2 tbsp
Coriander /Cilantro leaves : 4 tbsp (chopped)

Method of Preparation:


To make Fresh Homemade Garam Masala :

1. Dry roast all the ingredients listed above for "To Make Fresh Garam Masala" and grind to fine powder and keep it aside. (Note : You can prepare this in bulk and store, but fresh masala taste too good or use store bought garam masala.)

Preparing the Varutharacha Kozhi /Chicken Curry:

1. Marinate the chicken with red chilly powder, 1/2 tsp coriander powder, garam masala, turmeric powders, salt and keep it aside for 1 hrs.
2. Heat a kadai/pan, pour 2 tsp coconut oil, add grated coconut and fry till it turns to golden brown in color, add 2 tsp of coriander powder and saute well.
3. Grind the fried coconut along with whole pepper, blend it well till it become smooth paste.
4. Heat a pan, pour coconut oil, add sliced onion, crushed ginger, green chilly and saute well till onion turns to translucent and golden brown.
5. Add marinated chicken and mix well, add the grounded coconut mixture with it and add 1/4 cup of warm water, adjust the salt; close and cook for 20 mins or until the gravy turns dark brown in color and the gravy thickens.
6. When its done, fry coconut sliced pieces in oil, scrape the roasted coconut pieces into the prepared gravy 
7. Remove from the fire; sprinkle little coconut oil on top and keep covered until its ready to serve. 
8. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with steamed rice or Kerala Parotta, Ney Pathiri, Roti or any Indian Bread and Enjoy!



Notes :
  • The color of curry depends on how well you roast the coconut and spices.
  • This is a very hot dish. Add or reduce chilli flakes and pepper powder according to your taste. Optional - To bring down the heat, you can substitute red chilli powder with paprika powder without effecting the consistency and flavor of the curry.
  • Using freshly ground pepper and homemade garam masala adds to it taste and I prefer to use shallots instead of onions as it gives a great flavor to dish.
  • Using Coconut oil enhance the flavor.
Take a peek and try out Kerala Parotta with this Varutharacha Kozhi/Chicken Curry..YUM! and don't forget to give me your feedback! :-)


Good Day All!
Sangeetha

27 comments:

  1. Thanks for revisiting it... Gonna try this weekend... Yummy one

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  2. Love kereal style recipes. Nice pictures !!

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  3. love this yummy chicken curry

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  4. wow gr8 recipe and temptg clicks...

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  5. adipoli curry....

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  6. Clicks are killing me! I'm so tempted to make this! :)

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  7. congrats on ur awards. you recipes make me feel weak in the knees, i try out each one even if i am tired from the office. my dh and children love it.really yummy recipes. thank u for sharing.

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  8. Uffff.... kodhi pich kolluvanallo Sangeetha. Adipoli curry. Lip smacking..

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  9. Njan angotu varate ??micham valathum undengil kazhikam ayirinu:)

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  10. very delicious and tempting dish.
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    http://www.foodydelight.com/

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  11. Always used Coconut milk, will try with grated Coconut also :)

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  12. Really appreciate u all finding time to drop by here and leaving words of encouragement.Thanks a bunch everyone!

    @ Vimitha Anand, try it...hope you will like and let me know your valuable feedback!

    @Rookie qookie, Do try this version & let me know its outcome, it's good one for sure.

    @ Sushma, oh poor you ;( though my recipes that needs a bit hard works, I am so very happy to hear that you try all my recipes and ur dh and kids loves it.Nothing makes me happy more than this comment, I am inspiring some to cook...Well as they say delicious things are for sharing :)Thanks a lot Sushma for sharing your feedback here, as you can see I am still learning the skills of blogging, this comment means a lot to me. :) Cheers!

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  13. Anonymous8:12 AM

    yummy one..really tasty

    achu

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    1. Thanks Achu for sharing your valuable feedback here!

      Cheers!
      Sangeetha

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  14. Anonymous7:19 AM

    i tried this recipe last day. It was super...
    Thanks to Kothiyavunnu
    Riju

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    1. Hi Riju, Thanks a lot for trying the recipe, glad you liked it. Hope you get to try other recipes too and like them too :-)

      Cheers!
      Sangeetha

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  15. Praseetha11:57 AM

    Excellent recipe.. My curry was very delicious. I had tried so many recipes before but this one really worked. Thanks a lot..

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    1. Hello Praseetha, You're most welcome! I am so glad it worked out for you! Thanks for trying and sharing your feedback here :)

      Cheers!
      Sangeetha

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  16. Anonymous1:14 AM

    Hey..that was really tasty.. i made this curry today, by following all your tips..it came out very well..yummy..this is the way my ammachi prepares :) i love it. thanks buddy..

    Anna

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    1. Hello Anna,
      You're Welcome! So glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for trying the recipe and bothering to come back and leave a note. Please do try other recipes when time permits!

      Happy Cooking!
      Sangeetha

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  17. Hi Sangeetha,

    I tried this curry and it was delicious , both my husband and me liked it

    Thank you for the recipe

    Rani

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  18. hello sangeetha,

    I tried this recipe today and it was delicious, both my husband and me like it

    Thank you for the recipe

    Rani

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    1. Hello Rani, You're welcome! It's a pleasure to know that your and your husband enjoyed this dish. Thanks for trying and bothering to come back and leave a note. Hope you get to try other recipes too and like them too.

      Happy Cooking!
      Sangeetha

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  19. can we use 1kg ckn instead of 1/2 kg

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    1. Hi Rashmi, I don't recommend, coz i have tried with 1 kg chicken using same measurement and i am not satisfied with the outcome. It was way too bland & less spicy for me and my family. Hopefully that helps. Let me know what you think !

      Cheers!
      Sangeetha

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  20. Anonymous1:05 AM

    1 cup coconut means half of a coconut???

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    1. It depends on the size of the coconut.

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