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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Fish Mollee

I am very nostalgic, when i think of fish mollee. I get lost in the moments and memories when fish mollee was cooked and served by my mother and the whole family enjoying that meal. Those are some happy memories.
Usually fish mollee is cooked with neimeen ( Seer fish ) in my house. I had also tasted fish mollee made with karimeen (which is a very bony fish) and the taste was awesome. Tilapia is similar to karimeen and i made fish mollee with whole tilapia. The taste was mind blowing for me. So here is the recipe for fish mollee.


1 lb - Tilapia /Seer fish / pomfret, cut to small pieces.

To marinate the fish

1/2 tsp - Turmeric powder
2 to 3 tsp - red chili powder / kashmiri chili powder
salt to taste
Extract coconut milk from one coconut

1/2 cup - Thick first extract
1.5 cup - Second extract

Other Ingredients

2 - Green chili, slit in center
2 inch piece - Ginger
1 - Onion, diced
2 medium size - Tomatoes, quartered
2 sticks - Cinnamon
3 - cloves
2 to 3 sprigs - Curry leaves


1 ) Marinate the fish pieces with marinating ingredients for 5 minutes.

2 ) Heat a pan and fry the fish pieces, lightly on both sides. Don't have to fully fry and cook the pieces. This is to seal in and make the pieces firm. Also frying enhances the taste. Set aside the fried fish pieces.

3 ) In the same oil that fish was fried in, add cinnamon, cloves, onion and fry onion to a light brown colour. Then add green chili, ginger and curry leaves. Stir and fry for a minute. Add tomatoes and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

4 ) Add the fried fish pieces and the second extracted coconut milk. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on slow flame. Adjust salt as to taste.

5 ) Finally add the thick first extract of the coconut milk and take off the stove.

Serve hot with vellayappam, Idiappam, puttu or ghee rice.


Sumitha said...

You have a wonderful blog,keep it up!

Mishmash ! said...

Hey, I had fish molee for dinner two days back :)and as u said it does bring back lot of memories....my mother makes the best fish molees i ve ever tasted and hers is slightly different style. Will post that sometime.


Pravs said...

Thanks Sumitha. You are so kind.

Hey Shn...i will look forward to your post on fish mollee to try it.

KF said...

noyambanu mole..athikaneeram evide nilkkunnilla...Kothipidikkum..

J said...

Nice recipe, makes my mouth water! Let those recipes keep coming!

Pravs said...

Ok Kitchenfairy.But once you can eat, try the recipe out.

Thanks Jyothsna. It's really mouth watering dish.

Unknown said...

hey...tried this mollee...superb...tried with salmon..my molu liked it alot. thanx for sharing the same.

Anonymous said...

Hi... i have never made fish mollee. I have only heard of this dish. anyways, i am planning to try this weekend. I have one doubt that i would like to be cleared.In all ur recipes, the cup measurement u have mentioned, is it the small rice cooker cup or the 8 oz pyrex cup that u use. sorry if this is a stupid question. i am new to cooking, thats y.

expecting ur reply soon. thank u once again.


Pravs said...

Priti : I will highly recommend you to try fish mollee. It's a great dish to make with right fish.
It's a reasonable question you have asked.Measuring cup i mention is not rice cooker cup.It's the standard measure cup you can buy from store...Like pyrex, anchor brands.

Anonymous said...

my MIL made your fish mollee & it was a great hit at the dinner party, guess what! she is trying out all recipes on your blog. well done prav!
She reckons you are the best cook!

Pravs said...

anonymous : I am so mighty pleased to read this comment of yours.And it's at apt time, when i was doubting my cooking skills :)
your comment has boosted my confidence a bit now :)
Please convey my regards to your MIL and thanks for having confidence in my recipes.

najla said...

that was phenomenal! we had a great dinner yesterday thanks to u:) fish mollee and pathiri:) now heating the leftovers:) *slurp..slurp*

Pravs said...

najla: wonderful ! Thank you for the feedback :)