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Monday, November 07, 2011

Fish Molly | Fish curry with coconut milk | Kerala Breakfast

Fish molly (fish cooked in coconut milk) and puttu (steamed rice flour with coconut flakes) is a delicious authentic combination of Kerala.Fish molly is a recipe which you can serve with breads, appam, or steamed rice or this combo.The duo makes a perfect combo, and a very healthy recipe, especially for kids. The creamy coconut sauce nicely coats the fish pieces and the mild spicy tangy curry. Try it out !!


Preparation time ~ 20 minutes
Cooking time ~ 25 minutes
Serves ~ 4
for marination
tilapia fillets or any firm fish 3 cut medium
pepper powder 1/2 tsp
turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
lemon juice 1/2 of a lemon
salt 1/2 tsp

for sauce / gravy
onion 2 medium, thin sliced
tomato 2 medium round cut
ginger julienned 1 tbsp
garlic sliced 2 tsp
green chillies 3-4 vertical slit
thick coconut milk 1/2 cup
thin coconut milk 1.5 cups
crushed pepper powder 1/2 tsp
turmeric powder 1/4 tsp or a good pinch
whole spices - cinnamon 1/2', cloves 3 , cardamom 3
salt to taste
oil 2 tbsp (preferably coconut oil)
curry leaves 2 sprigs

for tempering
cashews, 2 tbsp (optional)
shallots 2-3 sliced
curry leaves, a sprig
coconut oil, a sprig


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  • Marinate the fish using the ingredients listed and keep for half an hour.Heat oil in a non-stick pan and shallow fry the fish pieces till it's lightly caramelized (don't fry dark brown, about 2 minutes each side).Drain on a plate.
  • In the same remaining oil, add the whole spices followed by sliced onions. Sauté onions till translucent and add curry leaves, ginger, garlic and green chillies. Add in the tomatoes (half) and give a quick toss.Add all the spice powders, salt and stir.
  • Add the fish pieces into it and add the thin coconut milk. Let the fish cook in this gravy for 5 -7 minutes till the mixture starts to thicken. Add in the remaining tomatoes and cook for 2–3 mins. Add the thick coconut milk on low flame and wait to see bubbles on the sides of the gravy. Put off the flame and keep covered.
  • In another wok, add the oil for tempering. When hot, add cashews followed by shallots and curry leaves. Fry till golden brown and pour over the gravy. Keep covered for 5 minutes and serve warm with puttu / appam !!

* Lower the flame for making fish molly before adding coconut milk so that it doesn't curdle.
* You can add 1/2 tsp fennel seeds too if you love the flavour. Add with whole spices.
* Add more green chillies or crushed pepper powder if you like it more spicy. This is a mildly spiced curry.
* The ari puttu recipe is here.
* Extracting coconut milk from grated coconut, click here.
* If using canned coconut milk, then dilute the thick milk 1 cup with 1- 1.5 cups water to make thin coconut milk. For thick coconut milk, use just like that. 


Reshmi Mahesh said... Best Blogger Tips

A super yummy combo...Congrats on all the awards dear..

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanx for the quick response Reshmi!!

vandana rajesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious combo...the fish moilee looks so creamy and yummy. Fish moilee is my hubby's fav, will definitely try ur recipe soon.

PrathibhaSreejith said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie, Fish molly luks delicious and ys a perfect combo. luv it anytime of the day.
We are cooking a lot in common. I had plans to make fish molly today, later just dropped the idea and made fish coconut curry.

Priya Suresh said... Best Blogger Tips

Yumm,super delicious combo...just loving it..congrats on ur awards Julie.

Jaisy James said... Best Blogger Tips

adipoli fish curry

Lizy said... Best Blogger Tips

it sure is a lip smacking combo

Shri said... Best Blogger Tips

Fish molly looks yum!

kranthi said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious tasty

Rachana said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for dropping by and for your sweet comment. Congratulations on your awards.

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. said... Best Blogger Tips

Yum Yum Fish Molee Dear.Luks super delicious with inviting clicks.Luv it

Nandinis food said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! It's so tempting! I want to have it right now!

Sumee said... Best Blogger Tips

Ohh.. yummy.. Looks such nice and creamy. I love Tilapia flavour, have to try ur style.

aipi said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like such an authentic recipe ~ loved it n the presentation is so nice!

Faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

Superb..........So tempting dish.......

Manju @ Manjus Eating Delights said... Best Blogger Tips

Seriously, this looks better than my fish curry :) lovely presentation!


Sobha Shyam said... Best Blogger Tips

never had a non veg combo with puttu, interesting combo and fish molly looks delicious..

Lavanya Selvaraj said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks very delicious.

My recent Post: Mutton Kola Urundai

Asha said... Best Blogger Tips

Never tried this combo.... Looks really good...

cookingvarieties said... Best Blogger Tips

hi julie, this is something new to me. we prepare our tilapia differently too.
you have great recipes to compliment each other here, would love to try your way sometimes. thanks dear, have a wonderful day and happy blogging

Deep Krishna Dubai said... Best Blogger Tips

Fish Molee looks fab..sure tasty with Puttu..

Priya dharshini said... Best Blogger Tips

Luv that combo...Luks so delicious

Vineetha Sush said... Best Blogger Tips

so yummy julie..kanditu kothi ayi :)

Random Rumble Raj said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Julie, I shared the liebster award with you. Another feather to your cap! Go on grab it!

KrithisKitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Definitely a lip-smacking combo...
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Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips


OMG this is absolutely droolworthy dish with a fanastic combi.

I have bookmarked this and will let you know the out come.



Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Me Richi ricu from fortKochi, i liked your all food ,wow superb ,blasting ,everthing is so good