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Chicken Curry With Roasted Coconut (Varutharacha Chicken Curry)

- Submitted by Dahlia on 27th Oct 2007

(Roasted Coconut Chicken Curry, Kozhi Kulambu, South Indian Chicken Curry, Curry Kuzhambu)

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.

South Indian Chicken Curry With Roasted Coconut

You can uses this varutharacha chicken curry recipe to make turkey curry as well. 

Recipe For Varutharacha Chicken Curry

Preparation Time : 15 minutes
Cooking Time : 20 minutes
Serves : 3-4


  • Chicken -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

  • Red Chili 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 - 3-4 tbsp
  • Shallots (Pearl onions, Sambar 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 Varutharacha Kozhi Curry


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

Varutharacha Kozhi Curry

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Comments (1 - 30 of 48)

Person PunjabiFoodiez   (January 29, 2017)
Very nice Recipe......
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (January 30, 2017)
Thank you.
Person Paru   (January 24, 2017)
Hi, I think its Tamilnadu style recipe, i tried it today great taste especially fennel's flavour in it really delicious.
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (January 30, 2017)
Yes. Its made in Southern parts of Tamilnadu and Kerala.
Person malayak   (December 22, 2016)
Hi Dahlia,
Thank you for the wonderful and tasty recipes. I like to make my own spice mixes. Can you give me the recipe for the chicken masala in the recipe above.
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (January 2, 2017)
Will post a separate recipe soon.
Person Beena   (December 6, 2016)
What is the brand name of chicken masala you used in this recipe which you get it in Indian store.There r so many chicken masala powder in the Indian store.
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (December 7, 2016)
I use Aachi or Shakthi brand of chicken masala to make south indian style chicken curries.
Person Maha Lakshmi   (September 26, 2016)
Going to try this chicken curry today:-)
Marinate karke rakha hai fridge me.
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (September 26, 2016)
Cool. Try it and give your comments.
Person suma   (September 2, 2016)
Super recipe
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (September 2, 2016)
Thank you.
Person RSK   (July 2, 2016)
very nice, we will try this one today, great, thank you
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (July 4, 2016)
Sure. Do try out and share your comments.
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.

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