Varutharacha Meen Curry (Fish in Roasted Coconut Gravy)

This fish curry is kind of a revelation to me. So far I thought we use varutharacha (roasted and ground coconut paste) masala only for theeyal and chicken or other meat items. I never knew this can be used for fish curry also. During my recent trip, when mummy (my MIL) said she is going to make varutharacha meen curry, I was quite fascinated by the idea. I was thinking about the different varieties of fish curry that we have in Kerala itself. In my home, if you say meen curry, it’s usually meen vevichathu. I think the only dish where we use coconut milk for fish is fish molly.

Btw, I was on lent that time and I was strongly tempted to break it. The aroma, the colour and the richness of the gravy was too good to resist. And me a poor soul with a weak heart couldn’t resist, so I tasted it. Since, the title of “queen of excuses” is conferred upon me by my dear husband, I decided to do justice to the title. So here is my excuse…

I tasted it for YOU, yes, for You only. If I had to post the recipe on the blog, I should know how it tastes right? I mean, I want only the best for YOU. Ok, jokes apart, I just tasted it and found it really hard not to lavishly enjoy it. We had it with rice that day, but it’s good with chapathi also. I think, it goes best with puttu, if you like the combination of meen chaaru (fish gravy) and puttu. Try it sometime and let me know, okies? Though I took the step by step pictures, of making the curry, I forgot to get the exact measurements of the recipe from mummy. So she wrote the whole recipe and scanned and sent it to me :)

Btw, have you started planning the Easter Menu? I’m planning to make some kozhukatta for Osana perunnal/kuruthola perunnal (Palm Sunday). Also, if you want to make Indri appam and paalu for pesaha, you can find the recipes here.

Now, back to our fish curry recipe.

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  • I have never made fish curry like this so really interested to try this out next time.Like you said varutha arachathu is for thiyal or kadala curry or some meat dishes as far as I am concerned. Fishcurry is either red(vevichathu) or yellow one with green mango/kokum with coconut milk Kerala styleThis looks mouthwatering.

  • You added curry leaves when u added ginger garlic n all..athu vittu paranju alle ;) he he..just kidding..looking forward to try this one as soon as lent is ovr!   hope its as good or even better than thenga aracha meen curry..does it have a theeyal knida taste?

  • Wow what a mouth watering recipe.  As it is i havn’t had fish curry since long, now i will very soon  try your recipe.
    Thanks maria

  • Hey Maria !!! Thanks a million for posting this recipe. I was on the look out for a varuthuaracha meen curry dish since a long time and lo…behold !!! The colour and consistency of this dish has always fascinated me :-) . So I will try it and let you know. And Happy Easter in advance !

    • Hi Mary,

      Thanks a lot for your wishes and for the comment. Hope you too had a wonderful Easter! Good to know that you were searching for this kinda recipe… Pls do try it when time permits.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • it took me a very long time to dry roast the coconut etc. – does it normally take that long or did I do something wrong? 
    Also, I noticed that in other recipes, you ask that the gravy ingredients be fried in 1tsp oil – will it change the taste if I do that here? 
    Thanks!

    • Hi Pramila,

      Yeah it takes some time to dry roast the coconut. Because if you fry it on high flame, it will get burnt fast, so it has to be done on low flame and so it takes minimum 10 mins. You can use oil in this recipe also, it wont affect the taste.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria… Firstly thanks for the lovely blog and the amazing recipes!!!! I tried this recipe and turned out very good… But was a tinge bitter coz of the fenugreek seeds… R u sure we need to add 1 tsp of fenugreek seeds… Pls lemme knw… Thank u once again n God bless!!!!

    • Hi Chandrika,

      Thanks a bunch for your kind words of encouragement dear.

      About the fenugreek seeds, I usually give measurements based on how much I use. So I’m not sure why it happened like that. There is also a slight chance that the bitter taste can come from kudampuli… sometime the puli I use have a bitter taste, so…

      Thank you very much for your wishes dear and wish you too the very best in life :)

      Cheers
      Maria

    • Hi Chandrika, I think the bitter taste comes from overroasting the coconut. Mine was roasted to dark brown instead of golden brown and I had reduced the amount of fenugreek to 1/2 tsp. so I think the bitterness comes from over roasting. I should have checked the pic Maria uploaded before starting. I am a novice cook myself, so I might be wrong. Hope not to repeat the same mistake again. :)

      • Hi,

        Thank you so much for taking time to clarify one of the queries here, appreciate it very much :)

        As you said, if the coconut is over fried, it might cause a bitter taste.

        Cheers
        Maria

  • Hi Maria….Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.I tried it twice and came out well.Second time when i tried,i added fried pearl onion mustard seeds and red chillies at last,it gave a nice aroma and taste to this fish curry!!Once again thanks for this recipe

  • i tried this dish..it was delicious i did little variations..added dried coconut instead of fresh as did not have fresh n sauted pearl onions with mustard,cumin seeds n then grinded with dried coconut…though i am a vege,it was appreciated by all at home..thks fr sharing

  • this looks so tempting…..i want to make it tonite…..can i use dori fillets???? coz i have nothing else with me right now at home…thanks a million…..we love the kerala fish curries !!!!!

  • Hi Maria,
    thank you very much, Maria. superb curry and simple to make. i am a big fan of yours!

    Can you put some good recipes of Squid (Kanava)dishes

  • Maria…I have to tell you this…I have fallen in love with your site! Today I tried this recipe and it came out great! : ) It was a lot browner than your pic though…we all enjoyed it! What I love about your site is that your recipes are easy and doesn’t consume time which is a blessing for someone like me who likes to spend the least time in the kitchen! :D Thank you for this amazing site!

    • Hi Annet,

      Thanks a bunch dear for your wonderful comment :) I do hope your love affair with my site grow stronger ;)

      I also dont like to spend much time in kitchen, so I usually go for such kinda recipes.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria,
    Tried the varutharachu kari..and it came out really well… Thanks a lot for the recipe, :) Have added this to my fav’ list..

    Neethu

  • Hi Maria I have tried quite few recipes of yours..they r all lip smacking…now it’s in my routine to log on to ur blog everyday ….keep up the good work…and I am looking forward to more recipes from you…

  • Hi Maria, this is first time i am writing to you but i have been trying out your recipes for a long time now. Must say that they all turnout superbly yummy. my husband jokingly asks too “what has our maria cheichi taught you today”..and “you must be her fav student for cooking up so well”….and so on.. oo Maria… i can’t thank you enough for sharing your excellent recipes. but still a big big Thank you for your blog… Love you.

    Asha Nair

  • Hi Maria, this is first time i am writing to you but i have been trying out your recipes for a long time now. Must say that they all turnout superbly yummy. my husband jokingly asks too “what has our maria cheichi taught you today”..and “you must be her fav student for cooking up so well”….and so on.. oo Maria… i can’t thank you enough for sharing your excellent recipes. but still a big big Thank you for your blog… Love you.

    Asha Nair

    • Hi Asha,

      Thank you so much for your beautiful comment dear :) It means a lot to me.

      It’s a pleasure to know that the recipes from here works well for you..

      Please say my thanks to your husband too..

      Happy cooking!

      Cheers
      Maria

    • Hi Asha,

      Thank you so much for your beautiful comment dear :) It means a lot to me.

      It’s a pleasure to know that the recipes from here works well for you..

      Please say my thanks to your husband too..

      Happy cooking!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • hai mariya,
    am really happy to write you.my husband is very much tasty with “varutharacha meen curry” and i prepared that to follow with your reciepie. and we are happy to say its too tasty, thanks

  • hai mariya,
    am really happy to write you.my husband is very much tasty with “varutharacha meen curry” and i prepared that to follow with your reciepie. and we are happy to say its too tasty, thanks

  • Hi Maria,

    Tried this as well for the weekend…loved it. A change from the routine Meen curry (red one – I love that too).

  • Hi Maria,

    Love your recipes they are so easy and delicious tried this fish curry and prawn biryani they were a hit in my home ,thanks a ton :)

  • Hi Maria!
    I’m a big fan of your recipes! I wasn’t much into cooking before but going through your site, cooking seems very interesting.
    This dish seems mouth watering! I just have small doubt, Can we Neymeen for this? Will it be OK?
    Thanks! :)

    • Hi Elsa,

      I havent made any curries with Hammour yet, I usually use it for grilling only. However, if you’ve tried Hammour for other curries successfully, then you can use it for this one as well.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria, where are your notes (you keep saying Refer notes). Please help to understand your recepies. Possible add the link to directly take us to your note.

    Thank you for the lovely recepies.
    Best Regards
    Priya

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