Varutharacha Erachi Curry – Malabar Meat Curry in Roasted Coconut Paste

Sharing something, that reminds me a lot of things day in and day out…
“And We have made some of you as a trial for others: will you have patience?” (Surah Al Furqan:20)
The Qura’n clearly states that Allah will test us with our near and dear… our spouses, our children, our parents, our siblings, our relatives, our friends – close and distant, our foes… This is what the verse above means. Alhamdulillah, I have gone through a few experiences in the past couple of years through people I thought knew me inside out. However, the lessons we take from it must be valuable enough. We can be bitter about the experiences, lamenting how much misunderstanding has been created and keep making yourself miserable. On the other hand, you can take the lessons positively and realize that nobody will ever be able to understand you completely apart from the Creator. Never… once we accept this fact and move on, life becomes much easier to deal with… People may feel that you are being calm much to their irritation, but nobody apart from Him has the ability to know and calm down your internal turmoils and frustrations… I am slowly learning this, and trying to be there, but then being human, I do get a bit carried away. Only praying that He keeps me grounded till I am destined on this earth, InShaAllah… At no point, as human beings, can we be complacent about our state of affairs…


Today I thought of sharing with you another of umma’s special curry. It’s been long since I posted any recipe that she makes so well… Hmm… I have already shared previously the recipe of her varutharacha chicken curry, so this is a variation with mutton in it. More than chapathis and rice, this curry tastes so good with pathiris, which is a flattened rice bread, a totally Malabar specialty. I am yet to master the art of making perfect pathiris. InShaAllah, the time I master it, I do intend to do a post with a video, hehe… but how long it will take is a big question! πŸ˜‰ Till then, let me drool over this delicious mutton curry and you all could join me too! πŸ™‚




Updated post with new pictures and little changes to recipe on September 26, 2019:Β  I am doing an update to this post after almost five years. As I read through the intro on the post, I realize how much my experiences in life has made me stronger. I still panic, I still get upset and doubtful, but life has taught me that things do go on to turn well and I am more hopeful these days than I used to be before… He has clearly mentioned “Fa-Innama’al usri yusra” – Verily, with hardship comes ease – not once, but twice (Surah Al-Inshirah:5 and 6), so who are we to doubt on what will happen? InShaAllah BiKhair… πŸ™‚


I actually clicked these pictures not realizing that I already had the recipe on the blog. The only difference is that the old clicks were with mutton in it and the new ones was made with beef. Even though we love this curry, I make it rarely since I am very lazy with “the roasting of the coconut” part. It makes all the difference in the curry – whether it is the flavor, texture or color of the curry. The more you roast, the darker the curry will look. The slight difference I made to the recipe was to add fennel into the roasting. Umma used to not add, but I do since the flavor has literally grown on me now, and it adds a beautiful dimension to this curry. It is a typical Malabar curry that gets made when you get good mutton or beef, and it pairs amazingly well with hot pathiris – which thankfully I have already posted earlier this year. πŸ˜€ Another combination is neychor with some parippu on the side. Rest all comes secondary… πŸ™‚




As usual, I am leaving my old pictures on the side as a remembrance for my starting years… This must be one of those rare posts that had two pictures in it… πŸ™‚




Varutharacha Erachi Curry - Malabar Meat Curry in Roasted Coconut Paste

Course Mutton
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 500 gm mutton or beef washed and drained
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 onions sliced
  • 3 green chillies slit
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup grated coconut
  • 4 shallots chopped
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 5 shallots sliced
  • 1 sprig curry leaves


  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Saute the onions along with the green chillies till soft.
  • Add the tomatoes, ginger and garlic pastes and cook till tomatoes are mashed up.
  • Add in the masala powders and fry briefly.
  • Now add the water and mutton pieces along with salt and pressure cook till done. I normally cook for three whistles, and then switch off till the pressure is gone.
  • In a small saucepan, add the "for grinding" ingredients and dry roast till slightly browned. Do not burn. Allow to cool. Add a little water and grind into a smooth paste.
  • Open the pressure cooker, add the ground paste, adjust the seasoning. Allow to cook on simmer for five minutes.
  • In a frying pan, add the coconut oil. Splutter mustard seeds.
  • Add the shallots and curry leaves and fry till the shallots are browned.
  • Pour onto the curry and immediately close the lid. Keep as is for 10 minutes for the flavors to incorporate.
  • Mix well and serve warm along with pathiris, chapathis, or neychoru.

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    1. Thanks a lot Beena…

  1. it feels so good to read your words of wisdom… πŸ™‚ mutton curry looks delicious

    1. Thank you so much Nammi… πŸ™‚ It is more of a reminder for me than anything else…

  2. Roasted coconut paste wow πŸ˜€ what a lovely combo!! Recent Post Rajasthani Laal Maas

    1. Thank you so much Aara… πŸ™‚

  3. mouthwatering flavors,yummmy!

    1. Thank you so much Julie…

    1. Thank you so much Beulah…

  4. Delicious curry Rafee.. This more like how my mom cooks too πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Rekha… πŸ™‚

  5. Kothiyavunnu,love the masala..absolutely yummy

    1. Thank you so much Suja…

  6. beautiful looking curry yummy πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks a lot Monu… πŸ™‚

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