Fish Molly recipe – Meen Molee recipe | Kerala style fish stew

Fish MoliFish MoliFish Molly recipe - Meen Molee recipe | Kerala style fish stewFish Moli
  • Yield : 1/2 Kg
  • Servings : 5
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 35m

Fish Molly Recipe – Meen Molee Recipe | Kerala Style Fish Stew – Neymeen curry

Fish Molly is a special type of fish curry which is famous in South Indian state, Kerala. To make this curry, fish has to be cooked in coconut milk. The word molly means “stew”. 

You can use any fish to make fish molly. However Pearl fish (karimeen), king fish (neymeen / ayakoora), butter fish (avoli) & Mackerel (ayela) will taste amazing if cooked as fish molee. The combination dish for Fish Molee are appam (rice roti famous in Kerala), chapati, Kerala porotta or bread.

Usually for Christmas & Easter fish molee made with pearl fish called as “Karimeen fish molee” will be made as a festival special dish in Kerala, especially in Kottayam District.

Like most of my recipes, I am giving you a very easy & simple method to cook “my version” fish molly. Check it out!

Fish Molly recipe - Meen Molee recipe | Kerala style fish stew

Fish Molly recipe – Meen Molee recipe | Kerala style fish stew


  • For marinating:
  • Fish ( I used King Fish) - 1/2 kg
  • Black pepper powder - 1/2 tbs
  • Lemon juice or vinegar - 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil (to fry fish) - 5 tbsp
  • Onion (chopped) - 1 nos
  • Cloves - 2 nos
  • Cardamom - 2 nos
  • Cinnamon stick - 1 inch piece
  • Tomato (chopped) - 1 nos (To add more sour taste to the curry, use one more tomato)
  • Ginger (finely chopped) - 1/4 tbsp
  • Garlic (finely chopped) - 1/4 tbsp
  • Green chilly (centrally sliced) - 4 nos
  • Curry leaves - 5 nos
  • Thin coconut milk - 2 cups
  • Thick coconut milk 1 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • For Garnishing: Vinegar - 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves - 5 nos
  • Coconut oil - 1 tbsp


Step 1

Marinate fish for 1 hour and shallow fry fish with oil in a thick bottomed vessel. Keep the fried fish as side.

Step 2

In the same oil saute cloves, cardamom and cinnamon followed by ginger, garlic, onion, tomato, green chilly & curry leaves.

Step 3

Add turmeric powder and stir well.

Step 4

To this mixture add thin coconut milk. Mix well & allow it to boil.

Step 5

To the above gravy slide fried fish pieces and allow the gravy to thicken.

Step 6

Once the gravy thicken, add thick coconut milk.

Step 7

Just heat the gravy. Do not allow gravy to boil after adding thick coconut milk.

Step 8

Add seasoning items & stir well.

Step 9

Now your delicious creamy fish curry in coconut milk is ready to serve!

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