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Fish Molly

Fish cooked in mildly spiced coconut milk gravy.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Serves: 3 to 4 people

  1. Fish,medium sized pieces- 500 gms
  2. Cardamom-3 nos
  3. Cloves- 3 nos
  4. Cinnamon- 1″ piece
  5. Bay leaf- 1 no
  6. Onion,sliced-2 medium ( 1.5 cups)
  7. Ginger,finely chopped- 2 tsp
  8. Garlic,finely chopped-2 tsp
  9. Green chilies,cut vertically-3 to 4 nos(or to taste)
  10. Curry leaves-2 sprigs
  11. Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
  12. Tomato,sliced- 2 medium sized(and more for garnishing)
  13. Thin coconut milk-1.5 cups
  14. Thick coconut milk-1/2 cup
  15. Salt-to taste
  16. Coconut oil- as required

For Marination

  1. Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
  2. Black pepper powder-1 tsp
  3. Lemon juice-1/2 tsp
  4. Salt-to taste


  • In a mixing bowl combine together all the ingredients listed under ‘For marination’.Rub this onto the fish pieces.Keep aside for 15 minutes.Shallow fry them until 3/4 th done,turning once in between.Drain onto a kitchen towel.

  • In the same pan ( add more oil ,if required)add cardamom,cloves,cinnamon and bayleaf. Saute for few seconds.

  • Add onion,ginger,garlic,green chilies and curry leaves.Saute until onion turns soft and translucent.

  • Add turmeric powder and saute for few seconds.
  • Now add tomato and thin coconut milk.Bring this to a boil.Add salt to taste.
  • Add the fried fish pieces and mix gently.Cover and cook for few minutes or until the gravy turns thick.
  • Now add the thick coconut milk and mix gently.Switch off the stove,add more curry leaves and sliced tomato ,if desired.
  • Serve with rice/ appam.
  • Notes:

    • You can use King fish,Pearl spot or Pomfret. 

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    November 20, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    today i have also prepared d same curry for lunch and took photographs. but i didnt use garam masala to prepare fish molly. yummy curry perfectly made.

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    November 20, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Fish curry with Appam.. Ummm.. ummmm.. ummm… looks so good.

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    Suja Manoj
    November 20, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    With appam,drool..perfectly made

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    November 21, 2013 at 7:23 am

    This looks DIVINE for the weather. I'm craving something creamy, and fish is definitely my favourite curry protein.

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    November 21, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Heard of the name, but only now coming across the recipe. Fish curry looks awesome. Thanks for sharing

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