Fish Molly

Fish Molly

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One of my absolute favourite dishes of all time. I think you dont need any more introduction to this dish :) If you eat fish, I’d strongly recommend you to try this one with Palappam.

Fish Molly
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Kerala, South Indian
 
Ingredients
  • ½ kg ( preferably king fish )
  • Onion – 2 medium
  • Ginger & Garlic – 1 tablespoon each ( crushed )
  • Green chilli – 3 – 4
  • Small onion – 5-6
  • Cardamom – 4
  • Cloves – 4
  • Cinnamon – 1 medium stick
  • Tomato – 2-3
  • Thin Coconut milk – 1 cup
  • Medium Coconut milk – 1 cup
  • Thick Coconut milk – ½ cup
  • Salt, oil & curry leaves – accordingly
  • For Marination
  • Pepper powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Lemon juice – ½ teaspoon
  • Salt
Instructions
  1. Marinate the fish pieces with pepper powder, turmeric powder, salt & lemon juice. Keep it for half an hour. Shallow fry the marinated fish for just 2-3 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan. Splutter cardamom,cinnamon & cloves. Add crushed ginger garlic & green chillies. Add small & big onions. Once the onion becomes soft add thin coconut milk. Let it boil. Add the fried fish pieces & add salt.
  3. When the gravy becomes little thick add medium coconut milk.After that add tomatoes & curry leaves when the gravy becomes thick. Once the tomatoes is cooked add thick coconut milk & just heat it.
  4. If you require a thicker gravy please add 2 teaspoons of cornflour to this.
  5. Serve hot with Palappam or bread.
  6. Source:My aunty,Tesschechy

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  • kunjumole

    Very good…keep it up….

  • laxmi

    nice recipe maria..very well explained…goin2 try ur carrot cake 4 sure…take care…

  • Latha

    I have added 1 piece of “kudampuli” in this when I made this for a home party Wow it tasted goo & all loved the dish along with appam & rice tooo

  • arathi arun

    hey,i have a doubt like,if we add tomatoes in this molly,will it turn to red colour..no?hw u r gttng this yellow colour rather?instead of tomato,can we use vinegar..plzzz mail me..i dndnt prepared yet .anyways thanks for ur recipe/

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Arathi

      Regarding adding tomatoes, the curry wont become red colour because of tomato. Yes there will a slight change in the colour but it doesnt turn to red completely. I’ve used turmeric powder while marinating the fish, thats why it has the yellow colour.

      I think you can use vinegar instead of tomato. Since I havent tried it yet, am not sure about the qty. I guess for that traditional taste of fish molly, you need to add tomatoes ( just my guess…)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • arathi arun

    maria,thanks a lot for ur reply,,anyways i tried ur fish molly,,was awesome..but instead of tomato,i used vinegar,,,was good.but as u said,next time,i will use tomatoe..bye

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Arathi

      Happy to know that it came out well for you, thanks for letting me know about it :)

      Try it with tomato also and see, hope you will like that too.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Priya & Jamie

    Hi Maria,

    Yesterday we tried this recipe.It came out well:)……Jamie brought his friends home after game…..they all liked it a looot.They are keen to visit ur blog.Thanks a lot for the recipe!

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Priya dear – thanks a lot :)

      Very happy that you’ve tried something from here and also to know that you guys liked it :). Pinne site recommend cheythathinu special thanks :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Suzette Morris

    Hey Mariachi…Suzette here :)

    My hubby & myself tried your fish molly recipe. It was fantastic!!!! Delicious & finger licking (as per my hubby).

    We used 1 & half cans of coconut cream instead of the light, medium and thick coconut milk. We also added 2 cups of water. It worked fine :)

    Cant wait to try your beef recipes!!!

    special thanks to your Tessyaunty :)

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Suzette dear

      Hope you guys are doing good..

      thanks a lot da for trying out the recipes from here. Looks like both of you are having a good time in the kitchen :) Special thanks to Shyam also :)

      Da, let me know abt the beef recipes if you try it.

      Cheers
      Maria

    • Suzette Morris

      I will surely try your beef recipes and give you feedback.

      I forgot to mention that while making the fish molly, we used salmon instead of king fish. You only need less cooking time with salmon. It tasted great!!!

      • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

        My husband likes salmon very much, I will also try making it with salmon once and see :)

  • Anjana

    hello dear,
    I bought some fresh king fish yesterday & was dreaming of making fish molly the next day. So i googled the net 4 the recipe & up came urs. Needless to say, it turned out quite well, though it was my first time. Thanks & kudos to u

  • sumita

    Hi Maria,

    Juz was going thro your website, you have an amazing collection which sounds authentic and equally tasty.I would defintely try most of it. Keep it up and thanks for sharing your recipes.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Sumita,

      Thanks for dropping in and for browsing through the recipes.

      Please do try it out and let me know your feedback :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • MINU JACOB

    hiiii Maria……:)
    Minu here. visited your blog just few days back.
    Have tried your recipe for fish molly. It was amazing !!!!!
    My hubby loved it a lot.
    Thanks for sharing the recipes :)
    Great work maria !!!!!!
    Take care .

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Minu

      Thanks for dropping in and also for trying out the recipe.

      Happy to know that you both enjoyed this :)

      Wish you and your family a Happy Easter!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Binu Ashish

    Hai maria…

    Ur recipe is juz wow…. its really mouth watering….. i tried it n it came out really well… i had another recipe of fish molee but dats nuthin wen compared to ur recipe… my hubby loved it alot…. servin dis curry wid paalappam.. yummy…. thanx for de recipe… u rock..

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Binu

      Thanks dear for such a lovely comment :)

      Very happy to know that you and your husband liked this. Even I love this with palappam, yum!

      Wish you both a Happy Easter!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • cecily reji

    thanks a lot for the recipes,i am trying indri appam for easter for the first time after all these years abroad..keep up the good work..

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Cecily

      Hope your Indri appam turn out well. Thanks for dropping in here.

      Wish you and your family a wonderful Easter!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • anitha

    hai,
    i have tried a lot of recipes from urs and also from other blogs.but let me tell u..urs always turns out so well.it never ever goes wrong.5 stars for every recipe i have tried.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Anitha,

      Thank you dear for the wonderful comment :) Glad that you like the recipes posted here.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • teenu

    Hey maria,
    i tried the fish molly..some guests were there and it went excellent.I always felt your recipes are quite simple ,clear and practical..
    Keep up the good work.
    thanks alot

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Teenu,

      Thanks dear :) Happy to her that your guests also enjoyed it.

      And yes, I love simple recipes, n hence try to post the same here too…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Haz

    Hey Maria,
    I have tried the Fish molly and I was actually having it for the first time..I had a few guests as well.They were very happy and enjoyed the dish..So thank you so much….

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Haz,

      Thank you so much :) Great to know that you and your guests also enjoyed it.

      Have you tried it with palappam? It’s a great combo..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Anu

    Superb recipie..It came out very well.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Thank you Anu :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Sindhu

    hai maria…. I tried this fish molly and it came out very well…my husband liked it very much…thanks for the recipe…..
    I just stared cooking after my marriage which was one year before so I am still experimenting in my kitchen..very recently I came across your blog and find it very helpful for people like me… my husband likes naadan kerala dishes very much and I am very happy now because I can try all recipes for him and win his heart…….

    Thanks
    Sindhu

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Dear Sindhu

      Thank you so much dear for trying the recipe from here. I’m so glad that it worked well for you :)

      Wish you both a blessed married life, one year can still be counted as newly weds ;)

      Please do try other recipes too when time permits and leave your feedback, I’d love to know it.

      Happy cooking & all the best!!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • PRIYA

    Hey maria..
    I’m going to try this out today..but can i substitute Garam Masala powder instead of the whole cardamom etc?? I’m a full time student missing Kerala food! Ur recipes turn out well for me most of the times..

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Priya,

      I guess by the time my reply comes you might have finished cooking this. Anyways, you can use garam masala but there might a slight change in the taste. So did you make this, liked it?

      I’m glad to hear that you try my recipes :)

      Best wishes for your studies!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Ajna

    Hi Maria,

    I tried this recipe and it was just awesome!! Everyone at home loved it and I was loaded with compliments ;) thanks to you.. :)

    Btw, ‘am a newly married girl and new to cooking :D ..your recipes’ve helped me a ton. I’ve tried the beef curry, carrot halwa etc. as well and it goes on without saying that all of ‘em were very yummy. Posting my comment in here as this one was the best. Thanks a lot again.

    Keep up your fabulous work :)

    Love,
    Ajna

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Ajna,

      Thanks a bunch dear for trying the recipes from here & also for the lovely comment :)

      Congrats on your wedding & wish you a wonderful & blessed married life! I’m really happy to know that you find this space helpful.

      Btw, fishmolly is my all time fav dish :)

      Thanks again for your wishes dear…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Jomonkuwait

    Iam a cook working in kuwait very good recipe

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Jomon,

      Thank you!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Itsmesunish

    Its very .. Spicey dish.. i realy like it…. 

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Sunish,

      Thank you. Btw, its like a stew & supposed to be mildly spicy :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • susan

    this is not the recipe of fishmolly. actually this is the recipe of fishpappas

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Susan.

      I guess fish molly is made in different style in different places & this is how we make it @ our place.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gopikrishnan-Puthumana/100002628426713 Gopikrishnan Puthumana

    I was just thinking of having fish molly. Just searched through google and found this receipe.It is very useful,simple and tast y .Thanks a lot.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Gopikrishnan,

      You are welcome. Its good to know that you found this recipe simple & tasty. Thanks for the comment!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Joyce

    Can we use any other fish other than king fish ?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Joyce,

      Yes, you can use any fish that’s kinda fleshy. Some readers have posted comments saying that they tried this with salmon & came out well. You can also use Pearlspot (karimeen) & pomfret for this.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Jai

    Tried ur recipe. Great. However skipped cardamom and cinnamon, very fast with app am

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Jai,

      Thank you! I’m glad that you liked this recipe.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Shanthi Snair

    thanks maria..luvd the recipe…it came out v.well.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome Shanthi! I’m happy that the recipe worked well for you. Thanks for the comment!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Preemamathew

    Thanks Maria..its came out really well.. 

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome Preema :)

  • 87 Chithra

    thanks for the recipe Maria..!! :) i am tryin this right now and the smell has already brought water in my mouth .. seems like this is goin to be a big hit in my house tonight..!! thnks alot..!!  

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Chithra,

      You are welcome dear! This is one of my fav dishes, I love it specially with palappam :) Hope your family also liked this.

      Thanks for the comment.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Blessy Mathew

    It was my first successful time making fish molly…Thanks for the simple and yet excellent recipe

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Blessy,

      You are welcome dear! Fishmolly and appam is one of my all time fav food :) I’m glad that this recipe worked well for you..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Smi

    thanks dear for your wonderful recipe…tried this out today at home and all ere lovd it..we hav never had appam and fish….this was a super success out ere..thanks again…god bless u..enjoy cookin!!!!!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi,

      That’s one of my most fav combinations of all time :) Thank you very much for trying this recipe. I’m happy that it was enjoyed by your family.

      Thanks a lot for sharing the feedback with me.

      Cheers
      Maria

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  • Div Baby

    i have tried this recipe…it was an amazing one….loved it like nethin…all in the fam mem liked it

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Div,

      Thanks a lot dear! Great to know that it was appreciated by your family as well :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Tasneem

    Thanks sis… really loved this one. I tried it with many fleshy fishes and came out osm…Am pretty new to cooking but this was a hit with correct amount of ingredients. Both my kids and hubby loved it. The best compliment was from my son of 3.9 years telling - mama the curry is really tasty…. Just loved that BIG compliment from his small mouth.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Tasneem,

      Really happy to read your comment dear, thank you very much :) I’m thrilled to know that your kids also enjoyed this dish.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Priyanka Vinod

    this is the first time I have ever tried fish molly..always felt it was a bit too complicated a taste to reproduce easily…but i must say Maria, u just proved me so wrong!!it was easy and it was wonderful…thank you so much..my hubby was really surprised that in the very first attempt i got it right on the taste!!!..and i must say u r a big reason behind this…thank you so much dear…have tried out ur kerala peas curry too and it was spot on…and also unniappam, ….and today i am planning to make masala pulao and without a single doubt i can say it will turn out purrrrrrrrrrrfect!!!..thank you once again so much…MARIA, U ROCK!!! ;)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Priyanka,

      Thanks a bunch for your wonderful comment dear! Fish molly is one of my all time fav dish! I’m glad it came out well for you :)

      Thanks again for trying all these recipes and I’m really touched to know that you trust the recipes posted here.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.facebook.com/little.flower.94402 Little Flower

    hai aunt thanku soo much…for ur tasty fishymolly recipeee…i tried it on christmas dayy..n it ws d special on dat day….

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks! Nice to know that you liked it :). Btw, you can call me Maria…

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Little Flower

        kkkkkk…soo happy dat u replied…….n..thankuuuu

  • nitin

    Thanks for this wonderful dish. Me and my wife are celebrating 5 years of marriage. I’m cooking this for our anniversary for her. Thanks for making fish molly simple. I guess she’s going enjoy it.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Belated anniversary wishes to both of you! Hope you had a wonderful day!

      It’s so sweet of you to cook for your wife :) I do hope she liked this.

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Belated anniversary wishes to both of you! Hope you had a wonderful day!

      It’s so sweet of you to cook for your wife :) I do hope she liked this.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • nitin

    Thanks for this wonderful dish. Me and my wife are celebrating 5 years of marriage. I’m cooking this for our anniversary for her. Thanks for making fish molly simple. I guess she’s going enjoy it.

  • shejin

    goood dear….

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Shejin :)

  • shejin

    goood dear….

  • http://www.facebook.com/diana.sreekumar Diana Sreekumar

    Hi Maria,
    I made this today and it turned out to be awesome….Everybody in the family liked it. Thanks for this recipe.
    Thanks,
    Diana

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Diana :) Great to know that your family enjoyed this dish.

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Diana :) Great to know that your family enjoyed this dish.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.facebook.com/diana.sreekumar Diana Sreekumar

    Hi Maria,
    I made this today and it turned out to be awesome….Everybody in the family liked it. Thanks for this recipe.
    Thanks,
    Diana

  • Nimesh Nambiar

    Hi Maria
    this was fabulous. This was my weekend treat to my wife who never had it before. Hoping she would like it. I think it turned out good ;) wish me luck and thank you for this wonderfully simple recipe!
    Nimesh

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Nimesh,

      Thank you so much :) I do hope your wife liked it.

      It’s one of my fav side dishes for palappam.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Mouna Devaiah

    Hi Maria, this recipe was a great hit with my family! I have made this twice so far, but needless to say it will join the list of most frequently prepared dishes in my house. Thanks and good luck!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Mouna :) It’s one if my fav dishes. Have you tried this with palappam? It’s a great combo.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Mouna Devaiah

    Hi Maria, this recipe was a great hit with my family! I have made this twice so far, but needless to say it will join the list of most frequently prepared dishes in my house. Thanks and good luck!

  • ajini nazar

    Thanks for this recipe, my husband just loved it…

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome Ajini :)

  • nims

    What is thin medium and thick cocunut milk?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Nims – it refers to the different consistencies of coconut milk. Thin is almost water like consistency (moonam paal), medium is slightly thicker consistency (randam paal) and thick has a thick consistency (onnam paal/ thala paal)

      Hope it helps..

      • nims

        Thanks alot. I guessed so.But Sorry I donot know how to make them.Could you please tell me the quantities of cocunut or cocunut milk powder to be used?

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          You are welcome :)

          To make coconut milk with coconut milk powder

          for thick milk – add 3 heaped tbsp of coconut milk powder to 1 cup of lukewarm water, for medium thick – add 2 heaped tbsp of coconut milk powder to 1 cup lukewarm water and for thin milk, add 1 heaped tbsp to 1 cup lukewarm water.

  • Siddharth Shivasree

    super dish dear….you r alwayss awsm dear…..

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you :)

  • munia das

    very nice recipe..i tried it last night..really my hubby loved it..thanks for sharing such a nice reciepes

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome Munia :) Great to know that you liked it.

      Thanks for leaving a comment here.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Ramya Nibin

    Hi Maria

    i tried it..it came out really well even my hubby loved it..thank you so much…my mom use to make it at home i really like it..i wish i could make for her she use to make just like this i only remember the taste never could learn from her didn’t know she will leave us so fast…she went to be with the lord much before my marriage.. thank you Maria through your maria’s menu which ever recipes i have tried all have come out good…thank you dear God Bless you :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Ramya,

      You are welcome dear :)

      Sorry to hear about your mother dear..

      I’m glad you were able to recreate her taste with this recipe. Thank you so much for your kind words and also for taking time to leave a comment here.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Ramya Nibin

    Hi Maria

    I tried it..It came out really well even my hubby loved it..Thank you so much…my mom use to make it at home I really like it..I wish I could make for her she use to make just like this I only remember the taste never could learn from her didn’t know she will leave us so fast…she went to be with the lord much before my marriage.. thank you Maria through your Maria’s menu which ever recipes i have tried all have come out good…thank you dear God Bless you :)

  • Sindhu

    Maria,

    Can we make this fish molly with canned coconut milk?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Sindhu,

      Yes you can do that. Just add water to the canned coconut milk to get different consistencies.

      Hope you get to try this soon. Happy cooking :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Aishwarya Sandeep

    hi maria,

    i tried it out and it was awesome..everyone loved it!!

    Regards,
    Aishwarya

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a lot Aishwarya :) Glad you liked it.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi Nivedha,

    Thanks for trying this recipe, I do hope you liked it :)

    Cheers
    Maria