Sunday, January 23, 2011

Fish molee/ Fish molly (Serves 6-8)

Kerala fish molee

Yet another popular fish curry from the God’s own country, Kerala. Shallow fried fish slowly cooked in coconut milk, oh my !!even the thought makes anybody drool, isnt it? The first thing that always come to my mind hearing fish “molly/molee” is the Toms cartoon girl “MOLLY” from Boban n molly comics (I am sure every Keralite knows what I mean). I honestly don’t know what this molly part of the name refers to, probably the one who first cook of this delicious dishSmile. Anyways, its an excellent choice for seafood lovers and is the perfect side dish for palappam and idiyappam and even white bread…

To marinate the fish

Fresh fish fillets 5 medium, cut to squares (I used tilapia) (the best used ones are pomfret & pearl spot)
Black pepper powder ½ - ¾ tsp
Turmeric powder ¼ tsp
Fennel seed powder ¼ tsp
Salt as needed

Make a paste with above ingredients with 1-2 tsp water and apply to the cleaned, cut fish pieces. Set aside for 30 minutes.

Fish molee/molly

For the gravy

Onions 2 medium, thinly sliced (preferably yellow or white)
Ginger 1 TBSP, julienned
Green chilly 2-3 slit
Tomato 1 no, cut to thin rounds
Turmeric powder ½ tsp
Garam masala 2 tsp (made from cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and fennel)
Thick Coconut milk ½ cup
Thin coconut milk ¾ cup
Curry leaves a few sprigs
Salt as needed
Coconut oil 2-3 TBSP

Fish molee


Heat oil in a frying, shallow fry the fish pieces for 2-3 minutes on both the sides. Drain excess oil to a paper towel.

Transfer the oil used for frying to another wide mouth pan, and switch on stove to medium high heat. Add the onions and sauté till translucent. Next throw in ginger and green chillies along with curry leaves. Saute for 4-5 minutes. Add turmeric powder and the garam masala. Mix well and layer the thin tomato rounds (Reserve a few for final garnishing). Now add the thin coconut milk and gently mix. When it starts to boil add the shallow fried fish pieces. Cook covered until everything is cooked well, for about 15 minutes approximately. Do open lid occasionally and give gentle mix, so as to keep fish from not sticking to the bottom of the pan. Once cooked, add the thick coconut milk. Cook for a few more minutes or until oil starts to get separated and are visible on the surface. Adjust salt and add some curry leaves and the reserved tomato rounds. Switch off stove and keep covered until ready to serve. This is an excellent accompaniment with appam, idiyappam, bread or even chappathis…Enjoy!!

Kerala fish molly



  1. Fish molly looks delicious,love the beautiful pot and the clicks.

  2. adipoli kandittu vayil ninnum vellam varunnu superb pic

  3. This is such a torture to feast your eyes on such a tremendous delicacy & then stay deprived:( I hope to make this soon,btw I am off to Kerela for a family trip in April & can't wait to explore and exploit all that Kerela has to offer.

  4. Fish molly looks so yummy and delicious.. for a minute there I thought it was fish "mole" the mexican dish :)

  5. Fish Molly itself is such a cute name :-) Luv the serving bowl ... where did you get it from ? I wouldn't mind it as a gift ... lol
    The fish cury looks heavenly ...n gr8 clicks Suji !


  6. That looks n sounds superb..loved your serving pot too :)

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  7. Oh that looks delicious. Wish I could have it with some appam :)

  8. My family loves this dish with appam... Its soooo soo good..

  9. Fish molee asalayitunde....nice colour with thick gravy... ente monte fav anetto ..

  10. Slurp,mouthwatering of my fav dish..havent had since a long, u guys are killing me with ur beautiful clicks..

  11. Fish curry in coconut milk of my favourite :) Love the photos :)

  12. Fish molee yum breadum koodi kandittu sahikka patunilla, kothiyavunnu.

  13. Yummy fish moli..This is one of my most fav dishes..Pics are lovely as always..Ravile thanne kothi vannittu vayya!

  14. Wow, this looks so delicious! I am in love with this kind of gravy meal. The color is so pretty too!

  15. very gorgeous preparation...i have something similar in drafts....

  16. goes well with appam... adipoli aayittundu Sujii..

  17. Yummy looking fish molee, i too get the thought of "molly" from boban n molly comics when i hear fish molee..Nice color and pics..

  18. ayyo kothiyayittu vayya....X'tian party-kalile quintessential item alle ithu..

  19. Can I have the whole pot? My salivating here! :D

  20. Fish molee is my hubby's fav...have to try this one. The presentation is excellent.

  21. looks so irresistable...must have tasted awesome..
    Tasty appetite

  22. My fav..kothiyayittu perfect and yummy!!!

  23. i vaguely remember about the cartoon character but the fish is heavenly though still prefer it to gulp it with warm rice :)


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