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Chicken Curry with Roasted Coconut (Varutharacha Kozhi Curry)

 Published 2007-Nov-27   Updated 2017-Aug-07

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Roasted Coconut Chicken Curry, Kozhi Kulambu, Kerala Style Chicken Curry, Curry Kuzhambu)

Chicken curry with roasted coconut is other wise called as varutharacha kozhi kuzhambu in Kerala and southern part of Tamilnadu. This is one among the basic chicken gravy recipe. In this style of preparation, grated coconut is roasted in oil along with some other spices. It is then ground to a smooth paste and added to the gravy. The ground roasted coconut gives a wonderful flavor, deep color and texture to the chicken curry. This is usually made on Sundays for breakfast with some tiffin or for lunch with rice. Though there are other types of chicken curry made, this one is the most common one and liked by many.

You can use this same recipe to make turkey curry as well. If using, turkey you will have to cook it a little longer. Especially during festival days like Christmas and Easter, Turkey curry is made. Do try this this week end and enjoy with your favorite tiffin.

Recipe for Kerala Style Varutharacha Kozhi Curry

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

  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

  • This yummy chicken (or turkey) curry tastes great with white rice and all tiffin varieties like idli, dosa, chapati, roti, parotta, appam, idiyappam, pathiri etc..

Variation

  • 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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Person   ()
I asked for a turkey curry
Person   ()
Just follow the same recipe. Instead of chicken, add turkey. You may have to cook the turkey for little longer. Usually Indian turkey takes an hour to get cooked whereas the turkey from western countries will cook in half an hour.
Person   ()
Very nice Recipe......
Person   ()
Thank you.
Person   ()
Hi, I think its Tamilnadu style recipe, i tried it today great taste especially fennel's flavour in it really delicious.
Person   ()
Yes. Its made in Southern parts of Tamilnadu and Kerala.
Person   ()
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   ()
Will post a separate recipe soon.
Person   ()
Hi, this recipe looks wonderful! Can you please post the recipe to make your own chicken masala as listed in your recipe? Thank you.
Person   ()
Sure.
Person   ()
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   ()
I use Aachi or Shakthi brand of chicken masala to make south indian style chicken curries.
Person   ()
Hi...
Going to try this chicken curry today:-)
Marinate karke rakha hai fridge me.
Person   ()
Cool. Try it and give your comments.
Person   ()
Super recipe
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Thank you.
Person   ()
very nice, we will try this one today, great, thank you
Person   ()
Sure. Do try out and share your comments.
Person   ()
vey nice recipe
Person   ()
Thank you.
Person   ()
The kozhi kulambu chicken curry turned out super!
Person   ()
Thank you.
Person   ()
very nice recipe
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Thank you.
Person   ()
Great recipe. Good curry recipes are so hard to find!
Person   ()
Thank you so much.
Person   ()
really love this recipe.simply awesome.
Person   ()
Thank you.
Person   ()
What is "chicken masala"? Where can I get it? Thank you....
Recipe looks delicious.
Person   ()
Chicken masala is a blend of spices like fennel, pepper, cardamom, clove, cinnamon etc. You can find it in any indian grocery stores.
Person   ()
I’ve been so crazy for make food and am so happy you posted this!
Person   ()
I am glad you like it.. Thanks.
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VERY NICE
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Thank You.
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its realy awesome to know the recipies in a simple and easy way.its really intresting and usefull.Thank You Lot....
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I am glad that the recipes are helpful to you.
Person   ()
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   ()
Thats great!!! Try it and enjoy...
Person   ()
nice recipe today I tried it..thanks...i'm from sri lanka
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That's nice to hear. Thank you.
Person   ()
Great stuff! Cooked it yesterday :) Thank you.
Person   ()
thank you. try more recipes and enjoy!!
Person   ()
yummy yummy.............like it..
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Thank You.
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Going to tell all my mates about this recipe, love the idea of "grinding" the ingredients for extra flavour, http://www.seomonster.ie will be sharing your recipe link!! Thank you!
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thank you.
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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...
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Thank You so much. I am so much encouraged.
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Thanks for this.... :)
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You are welcome.

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Old Comments

Comment by cynthia samuel
    This chicken curry came out well:) but the chicken becomes hard..i guess it is overcooked:( what is the approx time needed to cook it soft? is there any other technique which can make it soft? Thankyou
 
Reply :-
    You can pressure cook for 1 or 2 whistles after adding everything. This will make the chicken very tender. You can also cook it stovetop for a little longer. Either way, be careful not to overcook the chicken.

Comment by Vinay Joshi
    I dont know what is shallots, Peppercorns, Fennel Seeds...if something is written in hindi in brackets,...its easy to understand... who prepares good food know much in hindi only...
 
Reply :-
    Hi Vinay, You can check out the hindi names of all the ingredients in the glossary (http://simpleindianrecipes.com/glossary.aspx).

Comment by Fatimah Thaga
    Taste is excellent but a bit spicy...:-))
 
Reply :-
    We are spicy lovers. Next time adjust the spice according to your taste.

Comment by Janet on Sat 11/03/07 10:43 AM
    Great.. Hey this is a good attempt.. Great.
 
Reply :-
    Thank You.

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