Thursday, December 5, 2013

Kerala style Fish Molee/Moly

Someone asked me the other day if I live on Palaharam(snacks), since my blog had been filled with recipes for snacks but hardly any main/side dish. It then struck me, oh ya, I have been posting only about snacks, well....mostly. If you too have been meaning to ask me the same, the answer is No :).We do make Indian meals everyday at home, but somehow I have never posted any recipe here.

As a child I was a very picky eater. My mom had a hard time making me eat. But the evening snack time was my favorite and I would eat to compensate the main 3 meals of the day. So my mom made sure that she had something heavy for me then. May be that was my love for Palaharam(the evening snack) which is still on, that it didn't take me too long to decide my blog's name too :).

Anyways, getting back to today's recipe - Fish molee. This is one among our options for side dishes for Appam on a Xmas/Easter morning breakfast, when we break the fasting associated with Advent/Lent. Speaking about non-veg during this season is hard, because there are still few days left for Xmas untill I can have it again. Try it and let me know if you like it. It is good to go with bread/chapathi too.


For cleaning and marination of Fish
  1. 1 lbs of fish, cleaned and cut into pieces
  2. 1 tsp of vinegar
  3. 1/2 tsp of lemon juice
  4. 1 tsp of pepper powder
  5. 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
  6. Salt to taste
For Fish molee
  1. 3/4 cup of sliced onion - preferably red onions
  2. 1 tbsp of finely chopped ginger
  3. 1 tbsp fo finely chopped garlic
  4. 2-3 green chillies, slit length wise
  5. 2-3 cardamom
  6. 2-3 cloves
  7. 1 stick of cinnamon
  8. 1/2 tsp of garam masala
  9. 1/2 tsp of pepper powder
  10. 1 cup of thin coconut milk
  11. 1 cup of medium coconut milk
  12. 1/2 cup of thick coconut milk
  13. A strand of curry leaves
  14. Oil for fish to be shallow fried
  15. 2 tbsp of oil
  16. Salt to taste
  17. 1 large tomato sliced

  • In a bowl, take some water and add a tsp of salt and vinegar in it. Now rinse the fish pieces in it. Drain off excess water and remove the fish pieces on to another bowl.
  • Marinate the fish pieces with turmeric powder, pepper powder, lemon juice and salt. Keep it in the fridge for atleast half an hour. 
  • Shallow fry the fish pieces untill they are almost cooked. Remove it on to a plate lined with paper towel to absorb excess oil.
  • Heat oil(Ingredient no.15) in a pan. Add cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. When they splutter, add ginger, garlic, curry leaves and green chillies. Let them loose their rawness. Now add sliced onion and salt and mix it. 
  • Once the onion turns tender, add garam masala and pepper powder. Give it a mix and add the thin coconut milk. Let it come to a boil.
  • Add the medium coconut milk and fried fish pieces. Let it get heated untill it starts to boil. Add the thick coconut milk and stir it well. Now line the sliced tomatoes on top of the curry(as shown in the picture). Cover the pan and let it cook on low heat for another 3-4 minutes. 
  • Remove it from the heat and serve it hot with Appam, Bread or Chapathi.

  • I used salmon to make Fish molee. You could use any other fish which is fleshy and has less bones to pick.
  • Washing the fish in salt and vinegar/lemon mixture helps get rid of the fishy smell.
  • Do not fry the fish completely. It should not get a hard crispy cover on top of it. This would prevent the fish pieces from absorbing the gravy. Hence, fry it only for a couple of minutes untill they are almost cooked. They would get cooked completely when added to the gravy. 
  • If you do not have the luxury of making fresh coconut milk at home, canned coconut milk is good enough. You could adjust the thickness of the coconut milk for the gravy accordingly. 
  • You could use roasted cashews to garnish your fish molee if you wish to.

Recipe courtesy : Mummy


  1. Paalappamvum fish moleeyum words to it so much...

    Blog name he hee.. oru para ayee I am bombarded with questions on why no nadan dishes are made :)

    1. Athe Meena ...aa peru oru para thane :)..... So u too get that question ehh? we r on the same boat then :)

  2. Yummy !! kothiyavunnu kandittu :)

  3. Superb and fantastic fish molee, lovely lovely dear... this really makes me hungry.... awesome Anu.

  4. The curry looks delicious and an all time fav too :) so well presented and lovely pics Anupa

  5. Feeling so hungry after seeing this awesome curry. Nicely presented.

  6. once i tried this in same way it was so delicious.. tempting clicks..

  7. This looks like a Thai curry :) I can use the base for my vegetarian dishes I guess.. And I want that same pan Anuapaaaaa !!!! :D

    1. Ya it does look like a Thai curry..may be because of the coconut milk in it :)...Thatz a simple cast iron pan...most of the supercenters here carry it..don't know about London though.

  8. Have seen in TV shows.U have made it well :)

    1. Thank u Chitra ...try it if u do eat fish...its good...:)

  9. how come i din see this post??? :( adipoli molee... i've never tried making it at home so far... and first para enikishtayi... hehe... palahaaram maathrame kazhikullu??? :D

    1. he he he.. I know ... I didn't c that question coming when I named my blog

  10. this is one of my favurite fish dish. yours look perfect.

  11. You have a great blog with awesome photos...I really loved your pics and they way you have themed. I am another food blogger just like you.

    Stay in Touch Anupa.

    1. Thank u so much for coming over...will come visit urs as well :)

  12. Delicious fish molee...
    Lovely blog with nice recipes, happy to follow u....

  13. I just finished dinner - and now I am again hungry.
    Also love the look of that appam.

  14. whats more hearty a breakfast for us, Mallus...that few perfectly laced appams and a steaming bowl of Fish Molly. You have jsut made that..and now..kindly, pass me over some, plsss...Hope you doing good Anupa..keep in touch

  15. Adipoli Fish molee, traditional recipes always haves some stories attached to it. nalumani palaharam enteyum weeakness annu.

    1. thank u so much.....Same pinch for being on the same a palaharam fan too :D..

  16. I love fish molee and I am really wishing to have a bowl of this curry with a stack of appam. Anupa you made me hungry already, I just had my lunch 1/2 hr ago :)

  17. I need a new fish moilee recipe for Cmas. Thanks Anupa. Lovely.

  18. Love fish molee. The appam - molee combination looks so good!

  19. Juz came across ur blog.Nice recipes and beautiful clicks.Happy to follow you.


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