Fish Moilee or Meen Molee is a very popular Kerala fish stew / gravy cooked in coconut milk and spices. This is easy to prepare, mildly spiced and also flavorful fish gravy which goes well with appam or Idiyappam.
Give it a try and let me know your feedback!
Fish - 500 gm ( preferably select fish with less bones)
Onion - 1 big (sliced lengthwise)
Ginger -1 " inch piece (finely chopped)
Garlic - 5 to 6 (finely chopped)
Green chillies - 5 to 6 (slited length wise)
Tomato - 1 large ( sliced)
Thin coconut milk - ¾ cup
Medium thin coconut milk -1 cup
Thick coconut milk - ½ to ¾ cup
Garam masala powder -½ tsp
Salt - to taste
Pepper powder -1 tsp
Turmeric powder -½ tsp
Lemon juice - 2 tsp
Salt - as required
Coconut oil - 1 or 2 tbsp ( including for shallow frying the fish)
Cloves - 3
Cardamom - 2
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Wash and clean the fish pieces; pat dry.
Take a bowl; add turmeric powder, pepper powder , lemon juice and salt along with fish.
Mix well and marinate for half an hour . Shallow fry it using 2 tsp of oil and keep aside.
In the same kadai, add the remaining oil and season it with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and curry leaves.
Once it splutters add onion, green chiliies, chopped ginger and garlic. Fry till the onion becomes translucent.
Add the thin coconut milk and salt; when it starts boiling add the medium coconut milk.
Add fried fish and tomato pieces and cover the pan with the lid ; allow to cook in medium flame for 10 minutes.
You can also add pepper powder to increase the spice level.