Fish Molee – Fish Stewed in Lightly Spiced Coconut Gravy

Fish Molee

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Fish Molee – Fish Stewed in Lightly Spiced Coconut Gravy

‘Fish Molee’ is a simple but delicate preparation of Fish stewed to perfection in lightly spiced coconut milk gravy. The flavors are immaculate. There is no use of chilly powder, only slit, deseeded green chillies. It originates from Southern Coastal India – Kerala with a possible Portuguese influence ; since it caters to a milder spice palette.

Fish Moilee requires the fish to be exceptionally fresh as well as the tomatoes, lemon and milk. Any ingredients that are not perfectly fresh will ruin this dish.

Served with Steamed White Rice it’s simply mouth watering delicious.

Fish Moilee Served with White Rice!

Fish Molee Served with White Rice!

Fish Moilee Fish Molee –  Fish Stewed in Lightly Spiced Coconut Gravy

Recipe Type: Mains / Curry
Author: Recipes ‘R’ Simple
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Serves: 5


  • 10. 58 oz /  300 gm Fish ( Seer Fish/ King Fish/Cod Fish) –  Boneless fish steaks, skin removed and cut into 1 ” / 2.55cm squares
  • Juice of 1 small fresh yellow lemon ( roughly the size of a ping pong ball) or more
  • ¾ + ¼ tsp ground turmeric powder
  • 1 Medium Red Onion, halved and slices thinely
  • 5-6 cloves garlic – the smaller variety, just crushed lightly to impart flavour
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger – chopped finely
  • 2 small hot green chillies
  • 2 stalks fresh curry leaves
  • ½ a cup of thick coconut milk extraction   &   2 cups light coconut milk extraction. See Note**
  • 1 medium plump tomato , quartered Do not use over ripe tomatoes.
  • Sunflower oil to saute
  • Salt to taste


  • Marinate the fish cubes in the lemon juice,¾ tsp turmeric powder and a good sprinkling of salt (about ¼ tsp)  – Allow to sit for 25 minutes.
  • Halve the onion and slice thinly.
  • Give the garlic just a  crush in a mortar. If using larger cloves of garlic ; 3 would be sufficient.
  • Chop the ginger finely.
  • Slit the green chillies and scoop away the seeds with a small a spoon or back of the knife, rinse under running water.
  • ( Note**If you are using coconut cream from a tin or carton; for the thin milk add ¼ cup coconut cream and add water to make 2 cups. For thick milk add ¼ cup cream to ¼ cup water).
  • Heat  2-3 Tbsp Sunflower oil in a clay pot (recommended).
  • Add the garlic, ginger and curry leaves. Saute for 3- 5 seconds.
  • Now add the sliced onion and green chilly. Saute till onions turn transcluscent and soft.
  • Add about ¼ tsp of turmeric powder . Saute 5-6 seconds.
  • Add 2 cups thin milk first and bring to a light simmer.
  • Add the fish. Bring back to simmer. Never boil.(if the milk does not cover the fish add a little more thin milk)
  • Add salt ( to taste or about 1 tsp ; you can add more later if not sufficient)
  • If not sour enough at this point, add some more lemon juice on low heat and swirl the pot continuously to avoid curdling.
  • Simmer and cook for about 6 minutes ; till fish is nicely cooked.
  • Now add the thick milk and heat it up again.Swirling the pot.(Or stir gently without breaking fish)
  • Add the tomato (Don’t stir). Cook 1 minute. Turn off heat. Allow to sit for 2 minutes then cover till serving time.
  • Serve hot with steamed white rice :)

Fish Moilee Fish Molee –  Fish Stewed in Lightly Spiced Coconut Gravy

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