Varutharacha Kozhi Curry – Chicken Curry with Roasted Coconut Paste



What a beautiful day today!!! It’s summer and it’s raining! Can you believe that? I guess in my whole stay in the UAE, it must be the first time I’m seeing the rains in summer… While getting ready for office, I could hear thPine sound of the rain drops from outside and since I was really in a sleepy mood, I thought I was dreaming. But then, when the sound got a bit strong, I just went out and there… the roads are wet and the drops were quite large! I’ve been yearning to see the rain for quite some time and there you go, the Almighty heard it, it looks like! Though not as much as the rains in Kerala, this little rain came like a whiff of freshness… MaShaAllah… what bliss!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


There are hardly any more days remaining in Ramadan. By Wednesday, we would know if Eid is on Thursday or Friday. It seems like we started fasting just yesterday. Days have gone so fast, taking with it all the goodness that was present with it. It’s always like that, when you really savor the days, they seem to go off your hands so fast that you don’t seem to realize…


Let me share with you today a curry that I learned from umma this Ramadan. One curry of hers that I love, so perfectly goes with our thin pathiri. OK, now don’t ask me to post the recipe for pathiri, because I myself am learning to perfect it! Once I get it the way I want it, then I will post. Now when that will be, I have no time frame set! Hehe… While I was taking instructions from her and making this curry, she started narrating as to how good the curry used to be during those days when it was made in a “manchatti” (earthen pot) over the “aduppu” (flame oven). Gone are those days… Now the way she makes it is literally like quick fix, pressure cooker all the way… But the next time I will make it, I’m going to ensure to cook it on slow from start to end, the taste will definitely differ! So moving on my umma’s sumptuous chicken curry…



Varutharacha Kozhi Curry - Chicken Curry with Roasted Coconut Paste

Course Chicken
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 kg chicken deskined, cleaned and cut into medium pcs
  • For roasting and grinding:
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • 5 shallots chopped
  • 1/4 tsp fennel seeds
  • For masala:
  • 3 large onions sliced
  • 3 green chillies slit
  • 1 large tomatoes chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 3 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt to taste
  • For tempering:
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 4-5 shallots sliced thinly
  • Handful curry leaves


  • Dry roast the coconut, shallots and fennel seeds till well done. It is not needed to make it brown.
  • Allow to cool. Add little water and grind it into a smooth paste. Set aside.
  • Mix in all ingredients for the masala into a pressure cooker and mix well.
  • Close your pressure cooker and cook the masala for one whistle on high flame and then ten minutes on low flame. Switch off and allow to cool.
  • Once cooled, open the lid, put in the cleaned chicken pieces and close the lid.
  • Switch on the flame and cook for one whistle on high flame and ten minutes on low flame. Switch off and allow to cool.
  • Open the lid of the cooker, mix in the roasted coconut paste and switch on the flame. Simmer for 10-15 minutes for the flavors to incorporate. Adjust the salt.
  • Meanwhile, heat a small saucepan. Pour in the oil and once hot, splutter the mustard seeds. Fry the shallots till brown, mix in the curry leaves and quickly dump into curry.
  • Enjoy it warm with pathiris!!!

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    1. thank u so much babitha…

  1. It did't rain on our side. Missing the fun.

    Curry looks delicious

    1. I know that Dubai hardly received any rains, that's bcoz all the good people r in Sharjah!!! πŸ˜› thanks a lot dear… i guess u forgot to say adipoli this time… πŸ™‚

  2. Very nice recipe…Even here in Hyderabad it is raining…I just love rains in between sunny days…A relief in between hot days, isnt it? Thanks for the recipe..

    1. yes it did bring down the temperatures a bit… thanks a lot dear… πŸ™‚

  3. aah..i did rain there ! it was jsut kindof moody here, in kuwait, and slighly dusty πŸ™ but , less hot anyways. Again, agree..think time is flying way too fast. Ramadhan is about to get over !! ..u will be having some busy days ahead, yeah ? The curry luks great, esp with the cheratta thavi. So, Rafeeda..and finally..a very very Happy Friendship Day to a very good friend i met virtually !! Have a great day ahead dear !

    1. i hope the days are better there now… here the temperatures have come down a bit… talking about the cheratta thavi, that and the bowl are my umma's purathana vasthukkal!!! hehe… thanks a lot dear… xoxo

  4. Rafeeda, one of my favorite chicken curry. Umma served it with ari pathiri. Ha what a wonderful combo.

    1. thank u so much sebeena…

  5. curry luks delicious….

    1. thank u so much razina…

  6. Wow that looks perfect!!i tried pathiris once and dont even ask what a mess it was!!LOL πŸ™‚ Happy Friendship day to u dear.I love it when it rains in Dubai looks and feels magical ale!

    1. thank you so much princy… yeah, it does feel lovely when it rains… πŸ™‚

  7. Wow Rafee..I love varutharacha curries too much..I have one as well in my draft,but the real old one,without onion and tomatoes..
    So,umma's curry indeed is a champion !

    Rain there is a bonus !

    1. thank u so much dhyuthi… πŸ™‚

  8. what a lovely curry. appreciate if you stop by at my space too.

    1. thank u so much linsy…

  9. Nice to know that your having a good day :). The curry looks delicious too & my favourite

    1. thank u so much rekha… πŸ™‚

  10. Wow! What a delicious and lovely curry! Nice clicks! Happy Friendship Day to you! πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much rita…

  11. Mazha,kozhi curry and pathiri ahhhaaa!!Pathiri perfecting lol!!
    Happy friendship day!!

    1. oh mole… if pathiri isn't perfect, then forget about bailing it, chudaling and eating it! headache!!! hehe… thanks a lot dear…

  12. One fingerlicking delicious chicken curry, happy friendship day dear…

    1. thank u so much priya…

  13. So the rain came as a blessing from Allah for u all people out there.
    Pathiri with varutharacha kozhi on a rainy day.. Oh my what a comfort food..Enjoy enjoy..

    1. yes it did suhaina… πŸ™‚ thank u so much…

  14. The big day is nearning & I can know how excited you mmust be. Thats nice to see rains in the off season. In singapore rains are so unexpected & we are used to this climate now. Your curry looks very flavouful. Whatever new dishes we make there is no best dish like our traditional ones. In Mangalore cusine also we make a curry very similar to this. Pathiri is also called as pathhal right? We make this at home the deep fried one & I love to have it with chicken curry. I am looking forwrad to your Pathiri recipes too.

    1. pathal normally refers to the thicker version, pathiri is quite thin… just like you say, pathals can be fried and can be baked as well, i have already posted a fried version on the blog… goes quite well with any non-veg curry, which is a big disadvantage bcoz veges go to the backburner then!!! thanks a lot dear… πŸ™‚

  15. Great dish Rafeeda, finger licking good chicken curry.

    today's post:

    1. thank u so much sanoli…

  16. Omg, wish the same moody climate here too, its suddenly super hot here and would love to have some drizzles here..Enjoy the weather sis..It might be a great relief for u na,with fasting am sure its quite difficult with the hot weather.

    Omg, chicken curry makes me hungry sis, roasted coconut and spices makes the difference in curry.

    1. thank u so much akka for your kind words… πŸ™‚

  17. Oh this looks yum!!!

    1. thank u so much divya…

  18. Oh my gosh, kothipikathey Rafeedakutty! I'll be going to India soon and bring myself back with a lovely manchatti- this is one recipe I will pin to it for sure.

    1. tisa, you should have a manchatti!!! we have 3 over here, old ones that my umma had bought quite sometime back, the new ones seem to break faster… hmm… thanks a lot dear!

  19. Ohhh lucky u …got the rain ehh…..And having hot pathiri and kozhi curry in the cold weather….Life is good

    1. yes it is, anupa… πŸ™‚ thanks a lot…

  20. Love varutharacha chicken curry,looks so delicious..perfect

    1. thank u so much suja…

  21. Varutharacha kozhi curry in man chutty over aduppu.. The thought makes me drool.. If we can get that right on a stove with a pressure cooker, how great must the traditional way taste !!

    1. Yes I'm sure it'd taste out of the world! Thanks a lot Chitz… πŸ™‚

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