Saturday 13 February 2016

Fish Molee (Kerala)

Fish Molee /Moli or Meen Molee is a famous fish curry from Kerala (South India). The word molee literally means “stew”. Fish Molee is a preparation where fish is stewed in coconut milk and very low spiced flavor in masala is prepared, so that flavor of the fish dominates the taste of the curry.

Fish Molee (Kerala)

Fish Molee (Kerala)


Basa Fish (or any white fish) - 600 gm (cubed)
Coconut Milk - 200 ml
White Onions - 2 medium (finely sliced)
Ginger -  1 and ½ inch (finely shredded)
Garlic - 4 cloves (cut in half, length-ways)
Black Cardamom - 2 (lightly crushed)
Cloves - 4
Cinnamon Stick - 2 (3 cm pieces)
Bay-leaf - 1
Turmeric Powder - 1 and ½ teaspoon (or 2 teaspoons)
Plain Flour - 1 teaspoon
Green Chily - 2 (split in half, length-ways)
Salt (to taste) - 2 teaspoon
Oil (mustard) - 5 tablespoons (90 ml approx.)
Water - 1 cup
Lemon - ½


Add oil to a wok (Karahi), when it is hot add onions.
Fry till the edges start to turn golden brown (approx 10 minutes).
Add cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf, fry for another 1 minute.
Add ginger garlic, green chilly and turmeric and fry for another 1 minute.
Add flour and salt and stir in for another 1 minute.
Add fish, pour water just to cover and simmer for 3 minutes (until fish is part cooked).
Add coconut milk, bring to simmer and cook for further 2-3 minutes (until fish is cooked through).
Sharpen with lime juice.

PS: Serve with boiled Basmati rice.

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