Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala

Varutharacha Ozhichukoottaan

‘Varutharachathu’ literally means that which has been fried and ground. ‘Ozhichukari’ is a curry that is used to mix with the rice. This particular ozhichukari does not have vegetables and is great at preventing problems due to the formation of gas in the stomach, in post-partum women.

The crucial ingredient is pepper.

A mixture of grated coconut, cumin seeds, pepper, tamarind, curry leaves, and shallots are fried to a nice, brown colour. Then, chilli, turmeric and coriander powders are also added to it and heated. The entire mixture is then ground to a fine paste without adding water. After grinding, water is added. Spluttered mustard is poured in. It is then put on the fire and brought to boil, after which it is ready for use.

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