Sunday 2 March 2014

Fish Moilee Recipe/Meen Moilee Recipe[Molee] – Kerala Special/Fish Moilee Recipe with step by step photos

Fish Moilee is a very famous South Indian – Kerala special made with coconut milk , green chillies and spices. Meen Moilee is extremely easy to make, it is really very mild and perfect for even younger kids. Try out this traditional and authentic dish of Kerala and have a great day.

Here’s how to make Fish Moilee with step by step photos…
300 gm
1 big finely chopped
1 tbsp finely chopped
1 tbsp finely chopped
1 large thinly sliced [round pieces]
Green chillies
5-6 slit length wise
Thin coconut milk
1 cup
Medium coconut milk
1 cup
Thick coconut milk
1/2  cup
Garam masala powder
½ tsp
Black pepper powder
½ tsp
Curry leaves
Coriander leaves/Cilantro
2 tbsp finely chopped
As needed
To shallow fry the fish

To Marinate the Fish
Lemon juice
1 tbsp
Pepper powder
1 tsp
Turmeric powder
½ tsp
As needed

For Tempering
2 tsp
Cinnamon sticks
I used sea bass/koduva fillets [no bones], you can use any fish of your choice.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4
Author: Priya Anandakumar

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Wash the fish thoroughly at least 3 to 4 times and drain the water completely. Now marinate the fish with the ingredients mentioned, cover and keep it in the refrigerator for one hour.

Then shallow fry the fish and keep it aside for later.

To make the gravy:

Heat oil in a pan, add cinnamon sticks, cardamom, cloves, curry leaves and wait until nice aroma arises. Add the curry leaves and fry for another 30 seconds.

Add the onions, green chillies and saute until translucent.

Now add the chopped ginger and garlic and fry until raw smell vanishes. I used ginger and garlic paste [2tbsp] instead of chopped ginger & garlic, so that it will be easy to feed my small girl.

Add the garam masala powder, pepper powder stir it well. 

Add one cup of thin coconut milk, salt and let it come to boil.

Now add one cup of medium coconut milk and then the fried fish.

When it starts to boil, add ½ cup of thick coconut milk and let it come to boil.

Now add the sliced tomatoes, cover and cook for about 3-4 minutes and then switch off the stove.

Delicious, rich and creamy Fish Molee/Meen Molee is ready to be enjoyed. Serve them hot with a bowl of steamed rice.

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  1. droolworthy fish moilee...looks super yummy

  2. Lovely and yes; as said always, we love fish curry and I shall try this for the next weekend.

  3. Mouthwatering here!. Going to try this soon.

  4. Yummy fish Molee. My favourite. You have prepared this dish Perfectly.

  5. lovely, fish moilee looks yumm.. Very well prepared.

  6. looks really good, dear... BTW, congrats on ur new domain... :)

  7. Nice step by step recipe..

  8. Delicious fish moilee...drooling here :)

  9. this gravy luks delicious...

  10. Delicious stew and love the pictorial

  11. My all time favorite dish with fish.......Well illustrated step by step......Looks so delicious :)

  12. wow... it looks good...I don't add coriander leaves when I make it...will try adding it next time I make would definitely give it more flavour

  13. Perfect curry for picky eaters.

  14. Hi Priya,
    the coconut milk is from how many coconuts? In the Ingredients list, you mentioned 1 cup of thick coconut milk but you used 1/2 cup in the method? Can i use anything besides coconut?
    thank you

    1. Hi Paramis, thanks for pointing it out. It is 1/2 cup coconut milk only in the ingredients. It was a typing mistake. The coconut milk is from one coconut. The traditional dish goes by making with coconut milk, but if you want you can replace 50 % of coconut milk with regular milk. But I suggest you to use only use coconut milk for the original taste.
      If you are using canned coconut milk, then use one can.[dilute according to the recipe]
      Thank you so much for pointing out my mistake and I have fixed it now.

  15. Trust me, this fish molee is my to do list since a long, i always want to make this dish..Delicious.


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