Varutharacha Chicken Curry

This Kerala Chicken curry with roasted coconut is a very popular and very basic chicken curry prepared in this part of the world. The perfect blend of roasted coconut and spices gives this curry a rich and aromatic flavor. Adding in methi seeds (uluva) is a very interesting innovation to this curry that lifts the flavor of the curry to a new level.This curry when paired with rice, roti, pathiri, dosa ,nay pathiri etc ,makes a good combination.


  1. Chicken – 1 kg
  2. onion – 2 + 1/2
  3. tomato – 1
  4. coconut grated – 1 no. (approx. 140gms)
  5. red chilly powder – 2 tablespoon
  6. coriander powder – 2 tablespoon
  7. turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  8. ghee – 2 tablespoon
  9. pepper corn – 1 teaspoon( optional)
  10. jeera – 1 teaspoon
  11. methi seeds (uluva) – 1/2 teaspoon

Method :

Pre preparation:-

  • Cut and clean the chicken.
  • Thinly slice the onions
  • Make tomato puree of a tomato by blending it in a mixer (without adding water)

Let’s get started:-

  • Heat a pan .Dry roast grated coconut , red chilly powder , coriander powder, methi seeds , jeera and peppercorns until all the ingredients get combined well and nice aroma comes. remove from heat. Let it cool.
  • Then grind it into a smooth paste (by adding little water).keep it aside.
  • Heat ghee in a cooking pot . saute two onions until it turns translucent. Then add chicken. Cook for a couple of minutes on medium flame.
  • Add roasted and ground coconut paste to the above chicken pot. Add turmeric powder and salt. Mix well. Cover and cook until chicken is almost done.
  • now, add tomato puree to the chicken. Let it boil well once.
  • Meanwhile, in another pan, heat 1 tablespoon ghee. fry half an onion until golden.Add this to the above gravy. Combine well. Remove from flame.

Kerala style varutharacha chicken curry is ready ! Serve it with rice or roti and enjoy!!!

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