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Fish Moilee - Fish Molly aka Karimeen Molly

>> February 05, 2012

The colloquial name for a Fish Moilee is Fish Molly. When I was young i assumed this recipe would have been first prepared by a Molly aunty and so the name. However, the story took a U turn when I read the menu at a restaurant. It read Fish Moilee. Since the Moilee is similar to a stew this would have been prepared by a Keralite butler to a foreign master, either the Portuguese, Dutch or the British.

There are many variations to the Fish Moilee. I have prepared a recipe without spices and with lemon juice. The addition of lemon juice makes this Fish Stew very refreshing. A moilee is usually served with velleppam, idiyappam or bread, as a starter. I have used Pearlspot. You can prepare with Pomfret or fish fillets.

the recipe

Pearlspot – 4 medium sized

Ingredients to marinate

Pepper powder – ½ tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/3 tsp
Salt to taste

Ingredients for the gravy

Oil – 3 tbsp
Onion, sliced – 2 medium
Ginger, julienned – 1 inch piece
Garlic – 5 cloves
Green Chillies – 5
Lemon juice – 1 ½ tbsp
Pepper powder – ½ tsp
Thin Coconut Milk - 3/4 cup (extracted from 1 medium coconut)
Thick Coconut Milk - 3/4 cup (extracted from 1 medium coconut)
Salt to taste

the method

Clean the fish and make scores on it. Mix the ingredients to marinate using few drops of water. Rub the marinade over the fish and keep it aside for 15 minutes. Add about 5 tbsp oil into a non- stick or heavy bottom pan and sear the fish (lightly fry the fish – need not be crispy).

Use the left over oil or use fresh oil and sauté the onion, ginger, garlic and green chillies. Saute for about a minute and a half in medium flame. Add the lemon juice and let it cook for about 1 minute ( If the lemon juice remains fresh, it will curdle the coconut milk.).

Add the thin coconut milk and the seared fish. Simmer for 5 minutes. Check salt and add pepper powder. Add the thick coconut milk and cook till it turns hot. Turn off heat. Serve as preferred.

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Aarthi February 5, 2012 at 8:57 PM  

This looks so good..


Suja Manoj February 5, 2012 at 9:22 PM  

The combo looks so delicious..yummy fish molee

faseela February 5, 2012 at 9:37 PM  

wow....superb fish molee

Hamaree Rasoi February 5, 2012 at 10:01 PM  

Simply yummy looking Fish Curry. Excellent preparation.

Hamaree Rasoi

Kurryleaves February 5, 2012 at 11:52 PM  

jus love karimeen...curry looks delicious...

Torviewtoronto February 6, 2012 at 3:49 AM  

yummy combination with idiyyappam

vineetha February 6, 2012 at 7:30 PM  

Wow delicious fish molly..will participate in ur event soon.
I guess u missed out coconut milk in the ingredients list :)

Ramya February 6, 2012 at 8:16 PM  

i love this with appam or pathiri. lovely recipe

Gopika Ram February 7, 2012 at 10:23 AM  

Woww.. looks just like the ones you get in the restaurant.. Will surely try to send a recipe for your event :) Thanks a ton for dropping by..

Magpie February 7, 2012 at 4:11 PM  

Thanks again for hosting the Kerala Kitchen this month! Hope you have fun!

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