Varutharacha Urulakizhangu Curry ~ Potato Curry with Roasted Coconut Masala

A mother would always say that being one is an awesome experience – irrespective of how mad the kids make you! There are times when I would pray that my kids would just go off to sleep but then when they decide to do, I feel as though both my hands are cut. There are times when they have gone out with my parents when I am in the office and I keep going here and there to avoid going back to an empty, spooky house. This always sets me thinking that we didn’t have children in the first three years of marriage – what all did we miss? I guess every parent goes through this same thought process… Sharing with you a beautiful prayer…


Today, I am sharing with you an afternoon curry that was suggested to be my colleague, V. At office, our chats are mostly centered on food. I am happy to have colleagues who love to cook and eat, so it is always a pleasure to talk to them. During one of our casual talks, he hinted to me about this potato curry that makes rice flow into tummies without much effort. The way he described it, I just couldn’t resist. I reserved the idea for a Saturday, which is the day I am free to experiment with afternoon curries – the rest of the time it is an easy pressure cooker sambaar or yogurt curry! As soon as I set to roast the coconut, I just couldn’t be but enticed by the smell of it. The final curry was just so good, that just like he said, it didn’t take much time for the rice to finish off!!! The star of this curry is the cloves – it imparts a really lovely flavor to the curry. I don’t know if it would taste as good as it tasted with potatoes, but I am sure it should taste fantastic with raw bananas or yam! A meal of comfort to say the least…



Varutharacha Urulakizhangu Curry ~ Potato Curry with Roasted Coconut Masala

Course Main
Cuisine Kerala
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 3 medium potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • Sufficient water
  • Salt to taste
  • 3/4 cup grated coconut
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp fennel powder
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 3 dry red chillies
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves


  • In a pressure cooker, add the potatoes, turmeric and water just enough to cover the potatoes. Cook for 2 whistles and switch off.
  • Dry roast all the ingredients for the masala till the coconut becomes almost brownish. Ensure not to burn.
  • Allow the roasted masala to cool. Add little water and grind into a smooth paste.
  • In a "chatti" (earthern pot), heat coconut oil. Allow the mustard seeds to splutter.
  • Fry the dry chillies and curry leaves for a couple of seconds.
  • Add in the cooked potatoes along with the water and the ground masala, stir well.
  • Cook till hot. Do not boil as the coconut may crack! Serve warm with rice!!!

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  1. Varutharacha aa peru thanne kothipokkunnayhanu…looks so yummy…

    1. Thank you so much Resna…

  2. Yummy dish! Would love to have this with rice!

    1. Thank you so much Beulah…

  3. The flavour and taste of the roasted coconut in curries, just mind blowing.

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  4. Looks yum . Adipoli curry

    1. Thank you so much Beena…

    1. Thank you so much Ramya…

  5. Hi, stopping for the first time…curry looks yummy,best to go with hot rice. Happy meeting through blogging.

    1. Thank you so much for coming by Anu…

  6. This is a new recipe,very unique

    1. Thank you so much Harini…

  7. Hi Rafeeda, very interesting recipe. This potato masala look very appetizing, I love the gravy.

    Have a nice week ahead,regards.

    1. Thank you so much Amelia…

  8. love varutharacha curries. Potato curry looks delicious.

    1. Thank you so much Sebeena…

  9. curry looks awesome n quotes too .Many things explained there are true to my knowledge .

    1. Thank you so much Sathya…

  10. Yummilicious potato curry Rafee.

    1. Thank you so much Sanoli…

  11. Masala sounds great n Luks spicy too.

    1. Thank you so much Usha…

  12. haiiii….curry looks so yumm….mouthwatering here

    1. Thank you so much Anupa…

  13. Curry looks super delicious. Goes well with rice and roti..yumm

    1. Thank you so much Suhaina…

  14. I share the same feelings about children too:) They are capable of driving us Moms crazy yet are so precious. Oh yes, this curry looks so delicious.

    1. Thank you so much dear…

  15. kothiyavunnae……..Love this quote…….fb il ittapozhae note cheithirunnu……pinnaeyum vayichappol kurachu koodi sukham thonni……..

    1. Thank you so much Remya…

  16. Lovely curry.. Loved how you described it!!

    1. Thank you so much Pankthi…

  17. yummy curry. Kothippikkallee..

    1. Thank you so much Lisha…

  18. ithu vare potato varutharachu vechitilla… will try.. insha allah…looks yumm

    1. Thank you so much Femi… do try it, nalla tasteaa..

  19. Sounds new and interesting.. Looks yummy..

    1. Thank you so much Sona…

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