Kerala Fish Molly Recipe (Fish Cooked in Coconut Milk)

fish moly

Fish Moly is very simple and easy coconut based curry. Its a very light curry, very close to the recipe of stew. In this curry the main ingredients are fish and coconut milk. Its a low spiced curry, so the flavour of the fish dominates the taste of curry. So fresh fish are usually used to make fish moly/fish stew. This curry is one of my kids favourite curry, because it is so creamy and mild. I also love this curry along with rice. This dish usually prepare  with green chillies and pepper powder , so its light yellow colour makes it so attractive as well. The fish used for this curry can range anything from kingfish to any fish that is fleshy. Its a mild dish best served with Appam & rice.

fish molly

Fish Moly Recipe


  • Onion- 1, chopped
  • Tomato- 3, sliced
  • Ginger- 1 tsp, chopped
  • Garlic- 1 tsp, chopped
  • Black pepper powder- 1 tsp
  • Corriander powder- 1 tbsp
  • Thick Coconut milk- 1 cup
  • Thin Coconut milk- 1 and 1/2 cup
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds- 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves- 3 sprig
  • Green chillies- 4, spilt into lenght wise
  • Coconut oil – 2 tbsp
  • Salt- to taste

For Marrination

  • Tuna Fish/any other fleshy fish-1/2 kg, cut into cubes
  • Turmeric Powder- 1 and 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon juice- 2 tsp
  • Salt- to taste

How to Make Fish Moly 

  • Wash fish with salt and clean it. Marrinate the fish with the ingredients listed under ‘For Marrination’. Keep it aside for 3o minutes.


  • Heat a frying pan, pour coconut oil. Slightly shallow fry the fish for 5 minutes. Keep it aside.



  • Heat a clay pot, pour 1 tbsp coconut oil. Splutter the mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds.


  • Add the ginger, garlic chopped saute for a minute.


  • Now add the chopped onions, saute till it becomes soft and translucent.



  • Add the green chillies and curry leaves. Add corriander powder and pepper powder, saute for one minute till raw smell disappears.


  • Add the thinest Coconut milk. Allow it to boil.


  • Now add the tomatoes, and slighty fried fish cover it and cook. The fish is half done while frying, so should cook it for another couple of minutes only.



  • Now add the thick coconut milk, put the flame on medium low  for a minute and gently shake the clay pot, that its get combine well.


  • Add a little coconut oil and curry leaves on the top.


  • Serving this along with bread


  • Enjoy !!


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