Varutharacha chicken curry

Good old chicken curry is an unavoidable dish during special occasions. Varutharacha chicken curry or chicken cooked in spicy, roasted coconut gravy is delicious beyond words.

Check out this recipe for varutharacha chicken curry that tastes fabulous with rice, chapathi or roti.

1 kg chicken 
4 onions
1 inch piece of ginger
10 garlic cloves
4 green chillies
Curry leaves
1 tomato
Salt as required
For the gravy
½ coconut
1 tbsp coriander seeds
4 dried chillies
½ tsp fennel seeds
2 cardamom pods
2 cloves
1 piece cinnamon
1 tsp pepper corns
1 inch piece of ginger
10 garlic cloves
½ tsp turmeric powder

Dry roast the grated coconut with coriander seeds, dried chillies, fennel seeds, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, pepper corns, ginger and garlic on low flame
Turn off the flame when the coconut turns dark brown in color
Add the turmeric powder when the mixture cools down
Grind the mixture without adding water
Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp coconut oil in a pan
Sauté sliced onion, finely chopped ginger and garlic, green chillies and curry leaves
Add in the ground masala when the onions are sautéed well and oil begins to separate
Mix well
Now add the chicken and salt as required
Give everything a good mix
Pour ¾ cup hot water
Simmer for 15 minutes with the lid on
Finally add the tomato slices and cook for another 5 minutes
Varutharacha chicken curry is ready.