Monday, September 6, 2010

Varutharacha Pork Curry/ Pork in fried and ground coconut gravy

  The spicy curry cooking on the stove and a cloudy weather outside is just what I need on a lazy day like today.

  With this kind of weather you can hardly blame me if spicy rich food invades my mind.  I know I talked about doing an Italian fare this week but I just couldn't help myself.  I am too Malayalee I suppose.  Rainy, cloudy weather is reminiscent of monsoon holidays and comfort food.  Therefore, will you forgive me? Shall we take a look at a spicy, tantalizing fare?

   The curry is cooked with pork shoulders.  The shoulder meat is lined with gooey fat (gooey when cooked) making the taste exquisite.   Now, here I am not blowing smoke about my culinary skills.  I am just saying pork shoulder meat has a lot of fat and it's very tasty.  Thanks to J my friend who suggested I buy pork shoulder for curry.

  Now to brag just a little about the curry.   The gravy has a nutty flavor exuding from the fried coconut.  This teamed with curry leaves and all the other spices makes it quite South Indian which means utterly tasty.  A 'hit your senses' kind of dish ironing smooth with coconut.  If you have not yet cooked with this gravy you should.  Agreed it's pungent and the dish bursts with a medley of flavor.  Even then the fried coconut, to repeat myself, adds dimension soothing the piquant spices.  For me, it recreate the smell and taste of Kerala.  I know I said I will just brag a lil but you see..Sigh! Couldn't help myself.

Anyways,  to get you down from the high of a host of spices bite into Brussels sprouts.  The wedges arev sauteed in butter to perfection(read a little crunchy yet cooked).  Heat oil in a pan add 'I can't believe it's not butter' wait till it melts and plop in the wedges.  Stir it around briskly till the white of the sprouts are mottled with brown.  You may be thinking "what the heck" well, I understand your sentiments.  Mixing Indian and a totally American recipe may sound ludicrous but believe me spicy curry served with hot jasmine rice and buttery sprouts are complementary.  

Now, without further ado.....   

Varutharacha Panni Curry


Pork - 2.65 lbs
Turmeric - 1/2 Tspn
Salt - 1/2 Tspn

Ginger - 2 Tbspn chopped
Garlic - 2 Tbspn
Onions - 1 Big
Tomato - 2 medium size (tomato on wine kind)
Oil - 1 Tbspn

For Dry Frying

Fennel Seeds - 1 1/2 Tbspn
Cumin Seeds - 1 Tspn
Star Aniseed - 1/2 of one
Cloves - 8 nos
Cardamom - 3 nos
Cinnamon Stick - 2 inch
Whole Pepper Corns - 1/2 Tbsp

Grated Coconut - 1/4 cup
Chili Powder - 1 Tbspn
Coriander Powder - 1 Tbspn
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 Tspn

Varutharacha Panni Curry


1. Take meat, 1/2 tspn turmeric and salt; pressure cook for 3 whistles set aside.

2. Dry fry all the whole spices and ground to a powder
2. Roast the grated coconut to a light brown color add chili powder, coriander and turmeric powder and saute. Keep stirring to avoid burning the coconut and the powders. Dry grind till you powder this and add some water and grind it to a fine paste
3. Heat oil in a pan, saute onions followed by ginger and garlic; two sprigs of curry leaves
3. Add tomato and saute add the ground spice mix
4. Add the meat and all its water to the above and cook off the water at least half of it.
5. Add the ground coconut mix

Varutharacha Pork Curry

Contributor: Sunitha


  1. Hi,

    I like pork fry and have often tried it from Mammas restaurant in Cochin. Pork varatharachathu is new to me and I am unknown about its take.

    The pics look good and delicious. never thought of preparing it. Let';s try.

  2. This is super new to me! I bet I would do it..cos all the ingredients are very close to my cooking but never in that order :)

    Thanks for posting!

  3. Although I don't eat pork, I have to say this looks very delicious.

  4. Not really attracted to pork the way i shud be, and so m not too familiar with the various preps...varutharacha technique looks cool.

  5. Delicious platter..must be a hit with pork lovers!!

    US Masala

  6. You are making me very hungry. I love the way you plated the meal :)

  7. never had pork but dis recipe looks yummy and spicy! as usual nice presentation and click!

  8. Although I don't eat pork but really looks nice dish for pork lovers

    Hamaree Rasoi

  9. Looks tempting though I dont take pork!

  10. slobbering dish...We don't eat pork...but loved the recipe can try it on chicken...

  11. am not a meat eater but Hubby loves pork especially this type of curries with coconut gravy.

  12. This looks simply delish! LOve the coconut gravy.

  13. Beautiful dish..wonderful flavors! This would definitely warm me up on a rainy day:)

  14. adipoli curry!!!!
    love that ikea bowl..i just got 2 of those last week ;)..
    wonderful click as usual..

  15. I stay smitten by ur amazing clicks,,This space of urs is amazing,
    cheers and happy cooking,

  16. This is a mouth watering dish :) And the presentation/mixing things up is refreshing too!!

  17. waaaahhhhhhhh you are tempting me to death!!

    Lovely Lovely curry! and beautiful presentation!!!

    P.S - pass me that bowl and i will show how to lick it clean within seconds ;) ;)

  18. Varutharacha pork curry adipoli..looks so good.

  19. Awesome pictures, especially the last one..I have never tasted varutharacha curry with pork, looks fantastic..

  20. Though am not a pork lover the pic's are tempting me ...mouthwatering :P

  21. i agree with ananda..the pics r really tempting....only once i had the pork vinthalu...but i dont like the taste much....tht time i was carrying...dont know now i ll like it or nt...but hte preparation n presentation z awsome...

  22. tried it - very good! my colour was a little darker thou!


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