Varutharacha Meen Muringakka Pacha Manga Curry /Fish with Raw Mango & Drumstick in Roasted Coconut Gravy

If you enjoy seafood, you'll love this sumptuous curry!! 

This another exotic and popular fish curry from the God’s own country, Kerala (South India). Fish plays a major role in the daily food preparation of an average Kerala family..The term "Varutharacha Curry" refers to Roasted Coconut Gravy.

This curry is combination of  fish, drumsticks and raw mango, simmered in roasted coconut with spices. It's simple to make and best eaten the next day as the flavors absorb better. Let me share this delicious fish curry with you all...Enjoy!

Recipe for Varutharacha Meen Muringakka Pacha Manga Curry /Fish with Raw Mango & Drumstick in Roasted Coconut Gravy

Ingredients : 

Any fleshy fish : 1 lb /1/2 kg (King fish,Pomfret,Tilapia, etc )
Drumstick  : 4-6 slit side wise
Raw Green Mango : 4-5 medium pieces or it can substitute with  kodampuli /fish tamarind  : 2 pieces
Green Chillies : 2-3 (slit lengthwise)Water : 2 cups
Salt to taste

For Roasted Coconut Paste :

Grated Coconut  :  1 1/2 cup (Grated)
Small Onions /Shallots  :  5-7 nos
Turmeric Powder  :  1/4 tsp
Red Chilly Powder  :  2 tsp
Coriander Powder : 2 tsp
Fenugreek Powder : 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves : 3 sprig 
Coconut oil  : 1/4 tsp

Method of Preparation :

1. Clean and wash the fish and drain off the excess water and set it aside.
2. Meanwhile roast  the grated coconut with  2 sprig of curry leaves until completely dry.
3. Add small onions and saute for a few minutes.
4. Add all the spice powders and fry on a medium heat for a few minutes till it become brown color. (Note  : Care should be take not burn the spices).
5. Cool the mixture and grind it well with 1/4 cup water in a mixer to a fine paste.

6. In a pan (preferably in 'Kalchatti' an earthen pot) pour grounded coconut mixture.
7. Add drumstick pieces, green chillies, raw green mangoes pieces, salt along with 2 cup of water and mix well. Switch on the stove and allow to to boil.
8. Once the curry starts to boil, add the fish pieces and cover it with a lid and simmer it for 5-8 minutes until the gravy thickens. 
9. Tilt the pan/earthen pot in between such a way that everything is mixed well.
10. Remove from fire;  Add the remaining curry leaves and sprinkle some coconut oil on the top of curry. Keep covered for 10-20 minutes.
11. Yummy Varutharacha Meen curry to serve. Serve with steamed rice or Kappa/Tapioca and  Enjoy!!

Notes : Raw mango can be substituted with  kodampuli /fish tamarind. If your using kodampuli /fish tamarind then soak them in 1/4 cup of warm water for 10-15 minutes and add to the pan on step 7 along with drumstick pieces and continue the process.

Tips : For best result allow the curry to stand for at least 2-3 hours or overnight and serve next days so that the gravy absorbs all the flavors. It tastes Yummy!!

For more Fish Recipes check here

Happy Cooking!


  1. title vayichappazhe vayil vellam niranju..appol pinne pic kandalathe karyam parayano..yum...

  2. fish curry look so delicious and those raw mangoes and drumstick in it..

  3. Love this fish recipe,my grandmother makes this whenever there is lots of muringakka:) meen curryile muringakka aa enthe favorite..enthe draftil onnu undu, but little different..will post soon.

  4. looks very delicious!!

  5. I can imagine all the yummy flavors that went into the dish! surely
    Smitha is an yummy dish!

  6. Mouthwatering flavorful mom make similar type of gravy but without drumsticks..

    Aaha Oho

  7. Omg, finger licking fish with raw mango curry..Sooo tempting and inviting!

  8. Adipolimeen curry. evide muringakka kittunnilla.

  9. Sangheee, u really made me miss my ammoma with this post. She makes this as a special for us kids, whenever we visit her..Ooo ammomayude kaipunyam ente navin thhumbil epolum und..

    Adipoli aytund ketto, perfect looks aytund...

  10. Ente Sangee, engane kothipikkathe..Nalla perfect look undu currykku! Ethu trivandrum style annenne thonnunnu elle..

    Ee fish curry njan 2-3 yrs mumbu ente auntyde veettil kazhichittundu, auntyde maid undakkiyathayirunnu..Pullikari nalla cook annu..Enikathu sharikum eshtapettirunnu, recipe chothichappol aunty parayuva ee maid nannayi cook cheyyumenkilum, recipe aarkkum kodukilla polum :( Njan enganeyelum recipe oppikkan paranjirunnu, ee post kandappozha athinte karyam pinnem orthathu..eniyum onnu chothikunundu recipe kittiyonnu :) Athil tamarind annu ettirunne ennannu ente orma, kandal ethe pole thanneyarunnu :)

  11. Ingane kothipikkalee.. meen curry ugran

  12. Looks delicious and lovely color.

  13. adipolimeen curry!! chorum meen curryyum wow!! superb combo!

  14. spicy tasty meen curry !! njan udane thanne undakanundetto :)

  15. You're really making me drool so badly. It looks very spicy and tangy!

  16. Omg, tongue tickling curry, makes me mom used to add mangoes in her fish curry but never drumsticks..

  17. Love fish curry looks so nice I would have loved to have it with rice now:)

  18. The fish curry looks so good with that thick creamy sauce!

  19. Looks yum and too gud ....

  20. fishcurry adipoli..kandittu kothi aayittu vayya

  21. love varutharacha curry

  22. This is just awesome.... I just can't resist the combination.... and I can imagine the flavours... superb...

  23. Ohh... I am a poor veggieee. Will come for your next veggie recipe!

  24. ayyo ithu kandittu kothi akunnu ketto

  25. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments..Do try this, its yummy with steamed rice.:)
    @ suja..Looking forward for ur it soon :)
    @ Maya..athee ithu trivandrum style annu :)

  26. awesome.. mouthwatering..

  27. ithu kandittu sarikkum kothiyavunnu...! chorinu ithilum nalla kari vereundo?!!

  28. Njan ethu last week try cheythu, Sangi..Nalla superb aayirunnu..Next week vallom post cheyyunundu :)

  29. Maya I am so happy that liked it. Here we too love it. Well as they say delicious things are for sharing :-)


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