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Fish Molee – Recipe for Kerala Style Fish Stew

  • Total Time: 25 minutes


Fish Molee features pieces of fish cooked in spices and simmered in a smooth, coconut milk gravy. Serve hot with Rice, Appams or Idiappams.


  • Fish fillets- 300gms
  • Oil -2 tbsp
  • Mustard 1 tsp
  • Onions thinly sliced -2
  • Ginger thinly sliced -1 tbsp
  • Garlic thinly sliced -8 pods
  • Green chillies slit -3
  • Cloves -5
  • Cinnamon -2
  • Cardamon -3
  • Curry leaves -a sprig
  • Turmeric powder -1/2 tsp
  • Peppercorns -3
  • Pepper powder -1 tbsp
  • Thin coconut milk- 2 cups
  • Salt- 1 tsp
  • Thick coconut milk- 1/2 cup
  • Tomatoes- 1 sliced round


  1. Heat oil in a wide pan.
  2. Add mustard. When it splutters, add curry leaves followed by cloves, cinnamon and cardamon. Saute and add onions, ginger, garlic, green chillies, turmeric powder, peppercorns and pepper powder. Saute for a couple of minutes or until the onion is slightly browned.
  3. Add thin coconut milk and salt. Mix well.
  4. When it starts to boil, add fish.
  5. Cover and simmer for ten mins.
  6. Add the tomatoes now. Do not mix. Give the pan a swirl though. Let it cook for another couple of minutes more.
  7. Add thick coconut milk and cook for a minute. Serve hot.
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  • Serving Size: 3