Fish Moli / Fish Molee

 

Fish Moli / Molly

 

Ingredients (Serves 5)

To Marinate

1. Fish – 1/2 kg (I used tilapia. It will taste best with king fish, pomfret or pearlspot)

Pepper powder – 3/4 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt – To taste

For the gravy

2. Coconut oil – 2 – 3 tbsp

3. Onion – 1 medium-large, thinly sliced and halved

Ginger –  2 tsp, thinly sliced

Green chilies – 4 – 5, slit

Curry leaves – A few

4. Turmeric powder – 1 pinch

5. Medium-thick coconut milk – 1 cup

Tomato – 1 small, cut into medium thick rounds

Vinegar – 1/4 –  1/2 tsp or to taste

Garam masala powder – 1 pinch (optional)

6. Thick coconut milk – 1/3 cup or as needed

Freshly crushed pepper powder – 1/2 tsp

Tomato – 1 small, cut into thin rounds

Curry leaves – A few

Coconut oil – 1 – 2 tsp

7. Salt – To taste

Method

1. Clean and rinse the fish fillet. Cube them. Marinate them with the ingredients under marinade for at least 30 minutes.  Shallow fry them until  1/2 -3/4 th done in a wide, deep non-stick pan over medium-low heat (only for about two or three minutes on each sides, do not brown them) and keep aside.

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2. In  the same pan, heat some more coconut oil. Add onion, ginger, green chilies and curry leaves. Stir until onion turns soft and translucent, about 7 – 8 minutes, then add the medium thick coconut milk, half of the sliced tomatoes, few curry leaves, 1/2 tsp vinegar, 1 pinch garam masala powder if using and enough salt. Bring to a boil. Now lower the heat to low and add the shallow fried fish pieces. Swirl the pan gently to mix the fish pieces with the gravy. Cover and cook for 8 – 10 minutes or until the fish pieces are completely cooked and gravy is thick. Now add the thick coconut milk, 4 – 5 thin tomato slices, 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper powder and a few curry leaves. Mix gently and taste check for salt. Cook for 1 minute and switch off. Check for salt. Add 1 – 2 tsp coconut oil for an extra taste. It tastes best after 10 minutes. Mix gently and serve with bread or appam.

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Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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