Chicken curry is a common delicacy in Kerala. A typical South Indian curry consist of chicken in an onion and tomato based gravy and flavoured with ginger, garlic, peppers, green chillies and with a variety of Indian spices. In this Chicken Curry, apart from this I have used roasted coconut to make a thick yummy gravy.
Varutharacha Nadan Kozhi Curry is my Amma’s / Mom’s recipe and I grew up eating this delicious curry. It is one of my family favorite curry and I used to make it. This traditional Kerala Style Chicken Curry is really going to be a treat for your taste buds.
This curry go as side dish for Ari pathiri( rice thin pan cakes), steamed rice, roti etc. The dish with lot of thick gravy.
How to Make Varutharacha Nadan Kozhi Curry- Country Chicken in Roasted Coconut Gravy- Kerala Special
Clean and cut the chicken pieces in medium size. Marinate the chicken with Turmeric powder, salt,green chillies, vinegar, garam masala powder, ginger and garlic. Let it sit for 1 hour, after an hour transfer the pieces to a cooker( due to country chicken, better to cook in a cooker) and let it cook until chicken turn tender and soft.
Meanwhile heat a deep bottom pan, pour 1 tsp coconut oil, add grated coconut and fry until it turns to golden brown in color.
Now add in corriander powder, kashmiri chilly powder, fennel seeds and cinnamon stick and saute well for 1 minute. Keep the heat on very low.
Grind the roasted coconut mix to a fine smooth paste. Keep it aside.
On the same pan, pour remaining coconut oil, add sliced onion and curry leaves. Saute well till onion turns translucent and golden brown color.
Add the grounded coconut mixture and add 1/2 cup of warm water.
Add the cooked chicken pieces and combine well, adjust salt at this level.
Now add in tomatoes, coriander leaves, cardamoms and pepper powder. Combine well and cook till tomatoes turn mushy and gravy get thick.Turn off the flame and sprinkle little coconut oil on top.Serve along with rice, roti and bread of your choice.
Enjoy!! Happy Cooking.