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Chicken Curry With Roasted Coconut

- Submitted by Dahlia on 27th Oct 2007

(Roasted Coconut Chicken Curry, Chicken Kulambu, South Indian Chicken Curry, Curry Chicken, Turkay Curry)

Chicken curry with roasted coconut is other wise called as varutharacha kozhi kuzhambu in southern India. This is one among the basic chicken gravy recipe. In this style of chicken curry coconut is roasted in oil and ground to paste and added to the grave. The ground roasted coconut gives a wonderful flavor and texture to the chicken curry. This type of varutharacha kozhi curry is very famous in Kerala and southern part of Tamilnadu.

You can uses this recipe to make turkey curry as well. To make turkey curry, just replace the chicken with turkey meat.

South Indian Chicken Curry With Roasted Coconut


  • Chicken / Turkey -1 lb (1/2 kg)
  • Onion - 1 big (cut lengthwise)
  • Tomato - 2 (diced or pureed)
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Chicken masala - 1 tbsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - ¼ tsp
  • Coriander leaves - handful (for garnishing)

To Marinate

  • Chilly powder - 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
  • Ginger Garlic Paste - 1/4 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
  • Salt - ½ tsp 

To grind

  • Coconut grated - 3 tbsp
  • Shallots (Pearl onions, Sambhar Onions) - 4
  • Curry leaves - 6
  • Dry red chillies - 3
  • Whole Peppercorns - 2 tsp
  • Fennel Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Whole Garam Masala - 1 cinnamon, 3 cloves, 3 cardamom


  1. Wash and cut chicken (or turkey) in small size pieces.
  2. Take a deep bowl mix chilly powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt, garam masala, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice and make a paste.
  3. Add chicken (or turkey) pieces to this and rub to coat the masala to all sides of chicken. Let this marinate for at least half an hour in the refrigerator.
  4. Now heat oil in a kadai or deep sauce pan and fry the ingredients under 'To Grind' on medium flame for about 1 minute or until it turns brown and gives out a nice aroma.
  5. After it cools grind it into a fine paste with little water. (If you are in a hurry, You can grind these without frying.)
  6. Now take the same kadai, heat some oil, add cumin seeds and curry leaves and let it splutter.
  7. Add onions and fry for few minutes till it browns.
  8. Next add the ginger-garlic paste and saute until the raw smell vanishes.
  9. Now add the tomato paste and saute until everything becomes a paste.
  10. Add the coconut paste, required salt and chicken masala.
  11. Now add the marinated chicken and fry it for 2 minutes.
  12. Add required quantity of water.
  13. Cover and cook for 15 minutes until the chicken is thoroughly cooked. Simmer for few minutes till oil floats on top.
  14. Garnish with coriander leaves and split chillies.

Serving Suggestions


  • As mentioned in the recipe steps, you can use turkey meat instead of chicken to prepare Roasted Coconut Turkey Curry (varutharacha vaan kozhi kuzhambu).

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Comments (1 - 30 of 34)

Person Smit K   (March 16, 2016)
vey nice recipe
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (March 16, 2016)
Thank you.
Person Alpa   (January 24, 2016)
The kozhi kulambu chicken curry turned out super!
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (January 25, 2016)
Thank you.
Person narayana   (January 3, 2016)
very nice recipe
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (January 3, 2016)
Thank you.
Person BusyBee   (November 17, 2015)
Great recipe. Good curry recipes are so hard to find!
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (November 20, 2015)
Thank you so much.
Person cookofood   (November 4, 2015)
really love this recipe.simply awesome.
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (November 8, 2015)
Thank you.
Person Ryvenna   (May 23, 2015)
What is "chicken masala"? Where can I get it? Thank you....
Recipe looks delicious.
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (June 7, 2015)
Chicken masala is a blend of spices like fennel, pepper, cardamom, clove, cinnamon etc. You can find it in any indian grocery stores.
Person shamit khemka   (May 4, 2015)
I’ve been so crazy for make food and am so happy you posted this!
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (May 7, 2015)
I am glad you like it.. Thanks.
Person PANKAJ KUMAR   (January 20, 2015)
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (January 26, 2015)
Thank You.
Person Lakshmi.sundhar   (November 24, 2014)
its realy awesome to know the recipies in a simple and easy way.its really intresting and usefull.Thank You Lot....
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (November 25, 2014)
I am glad that the recipes are helpful to you.
Person arun gosain   (September 3, 2014)
its simple method.....every one can cook it.....
i am going to brief this recipe to my Russian friend ,,who is really interested
in Indian dishes.
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (September 4, 2014)
Thats great!!! Try it and enjoy...
Person akila drishan   (May 11, 2014)
nice recipe today I tried it..thanks...i'm from sri lanka
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (May 25, 2014)
That's nice to hear. Thank you.
Person Vinay   (March 12, 2014)
Great stuff! Cooked it yesterday :) Thank you.
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (March 12, 2014)
thank you. try more recipes and enjoy!!
Person amul   (March 2, 2014)
yummy it..
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (March 2, 2014)
Thank You.
Person philip   (September 21, 2013)
Going to tell all my mates about this recipe, love the idea of "grinding" the ingredients for extra flavour, will be sharing your recipe link!! Thank you!
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (September 21, 2013)
thank you.
Person Samar Singh   (July 20, 2013)
its amazing!!!! We find no content anywhere else like this.. Its very useful for the people like me, a college student, who know nothing much about cooking and face problem when they have to cook. We find typical recipy articles everywhere but here anybody can learn about simple and quick delicious recipies...
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (July 22, 2013)
Thank You so much. I am so much encouraged.

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