Fish Moilee


Fish  pieces – 10 to 12 pieces

Cinnamon  – 2 half  inch pieces

Cardamom – 2 nos

Fennel seeds – 1 /2  tsp

Onion, sliced -1 large

Green chillies, slit – 4-5

Ginger, chopped – 2 tsp

Garlic – 4 cloves

Tomato, sliced -1 medium

 Curry  leaves

 Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

 Pepper  powder –  1tsp

 Garam masala powder –  1tsp

 Chilli powder – 1 /2 tsp

 Thin coconut  milk – 2 cups

 Thick coconut milk -1 cup

 Vinegar – 1 tsp

 Salt Oil-  2 tsp


Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Pepper powder – 1 tsp

Ginger paste – 1 tsp

Garlic paste – 1 tsp

Salt – as needed


Marinate fish pieces using the above ingredients and keep aside for half an hour.

Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the fish. Do not wait for fish pieces to turn brown. It should be fried very lightly. Remove fish from oil and keep aside.

Heat 2 tsp oil in another pan, add cinnamon, cardamom, and fennel seeds. Saute for a minute.

Add onion. Saute till translucent. Add chilli, ginger, and garlic pieces. Saute for a few minutes.

Add chopped tomatoes. Cook till it is mushy. Add turmeric powder, pepper powder, chilli powder and garam masala powder. Stir fry for a minute.

Pour 2 cups of thin coconut milk along with some salt. When the coconut milk is hot, add  fried fish pieces. Cook covered on medium flame for 10 to 12 minutes till the gravy starts to thicken.

Finally pour 1 cup of thick coconut milk. Simmer for another 3-4 minutes. Sprinkle 1 tsp of vinegar. Garnish with curry leaves.

Serve hot with bread or appam.


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