Fish Molee | Fish Molly | Fish Moilee | Meen Moilee

There are so many types of Fish Curry available in India. Since, we have a vast coastal region, fresh fish is available in plenty. However, the preparation varies as we move from Mumbai to Mangalore to Cochin to Chennai to Visakhapatnam to Puri. Kerala Fish Molee/ Fish Molly/Fish Moilee is one of the most popular fish curry. The richness or creaminess if gravy come from use of thick as well as thin coconut milk. The simple light yellow gravy is so flavourful and light, it can completely blow your mind away

The best taste comes when you use coconut milk made at home. To make the freshest coconut milk , take the white portion of one full coconut. Grate it and add 1 glass of warm water to it. Let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain it using a  muslin cloth. This is Thick Coconut milk. Add 1 cup of water more. Repeat the process. This time what you get is thin coconut milk.

I have used King Fish for making Fish Moilee. You can use other fishes as well.

What You Need:

500 grams king fish

For the marination:
1 tbsp oil (coconut oil most preferred)
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chili powder
Juice of 1 lemon
salt to taste

For the gravy:

2 onions cut into julians
3 tomatoes cut into cubes
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp fenugreek seeds
3 green chili broken into half
Handful of curry leaves
1/2 cup thick coconut milk
1 cup thin coconut mild
2 green cardamom
1 tbsp ginger and garlic roughly crushes

Steps to Make:

Marinate fish with oil, turmeric powder, red chili powder, lemon juice and salt for 30 minutes.

Heat oil in a wok.
Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fennel and fenugrrek seeds.

Once the seeds start to splutter, add onions and ginger garlic paste.
Add broken green chilies and curry leaves.

Cook till onions turn brown.
Add marinated fish and cook for 5 minutes.

Add thick coconut milk.Cover and cook for 5 more minutes.

Open lid add thin coconut milk and tomato cubes.
Add more about 1/2 cup water and check for salt.

Bring it to boil. Fish Moilee /Fish Molly is ready.

They taste simply awesome with steam rice.


  1. congrats for finishing 300 posts ...this fish curry looks wonderful n delicious...must be big treat for fish lovers :)

  2. wow 300 post thats so grt.. Congrats soma..
    Really delicious fish molle.. feel to taste some..

  3. Slurpppppp, tempting dish.. Congrats on ur 300th post Soma, keep rocking..

  4. Congrats on completing 300 posts, Soma..Fish molee looks awesome, really mouthwatering. Love to have it with rice and appam..

  5. Congrats on your 300th post soma,fish curry looks very delicious,love its colour

  6. Congrats on your 300th post soma and fish curry looks very delicious,love the colour...

  7. congrats on your 300th post..keep rocking..

    Fish curry looks so tempting and delicious..yummie!

  8. One of my favorite Kerala recipe, looks good.

    Congrats on ur 300th post dear:)

  9. I tried this once and it came to be some other fish-dish, but that was long ago. Why not give a try again?

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  10. Congrats on hitting 300th post, fish mollee looks super tempting.