One thing my mother made all the time were coconut based curries. She made them so well, I have rarely tasted better curries. Somehow she got the perfect balance of spices, tangyness and depth.
Following is her staple Mangalorean chicken curry recipe, made vegan/vegetarian with soya chunks, potatoes or mixed vegetable curries. Grinding the masala paste till its really fine plays a big role, so if you have the time and patience, try this one. Remember, using ready made powders for the spices (except turmeric) is not going to work. You could try getting some ready made Mangalore curry powder to add in the end, to enhance the taste as an option..