Fish Moilee
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Author vahchef Yield No Value
Published Mar 8, 2010 Cooking Time 1 hour
Recipe Type Non Veg-Main Preparation Time 30 min
Ingredient Standing Time 1 hour
Description:  Fish Moilee or Meen Molee, a very popular Kerala fish stew that's cooked in coconut milk and spices. The flavour is light, yet spicy with a good bit of green chillies in the mix. Each household in Kerala will have their own version of course

Recipe of Fish Moilee

Ingredient Name Quantity Unit
Fish 1000 Grams
Coconut Milk
Turmeric Powder 1/2 Teaspoons
Salt as needed
Pepper Powder 1 Teaspoons
Lime 1 Numbers
Oil Coconut 2 Tablespoons
Cardamom 3 Numbers
Garlic Cloves 5 Numbers
Ginger 1 Numbers
Fennel Seeds pinch
Coriader Powder 1 Teaspoons
Onion 1 Numbers
Curry Leaves 2 Springs
Green Chillies 4 Numbers


  1. In a bowl add turmuric,salt,pepper powder, lime juice,oil mix well then add fish pieces mix well again keep a make coconut milk, take cocount peel the skin and cut into small pieces and blend into a fine paste then pour one glass of boiling water and keep a side for 30min, then filter and take out the milk.
  2. First in a pan add oil,miranated fish pieces cook for 5 min both the side and keep a side.In the same pan add oil,murstared,crush some cardamom,ginger,garlic and add, oinion,curry leaves,green chillies,salt, cook for few min then add coriander powder,feenel powder, coconut milk 1/2 the quantity, mix well and bring it boil then add fish pieces if required add salt, then a tamatoes cut, cook for 2min, then add the another 1/2 of coconut milk bring to boil cook for 3min and switch off the flame.serve with rice.   
Posted Mar 8, 2010

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Scott Sep 20, 2012
Hi Vah chef!

I love your videos and would like to make the fish moilee. You said you used a fish called bhetki (I think that's how it's spelled ). Is there an english translation or a similar fish other than pomfret. Thank you. Much love from Canada.

CP May 28, 2012
Hi, this is a really great fish moilee recipe. I tried it as per the video and it came out great! Thanks for the recipe. There is a correction in the written recipe though. In the ingredients listed there is 'fennel' instead of 'fenugreek'.I think adding 'Fennel' instead of 'Fenugreek' will not work wz this recipe.

Leejoe Vergis Apr 15, 2012
I prepared Fish Moilee (I generally don't cook regularly, just once in a while when I'm inspired or bored!) by your video (not the recipe) and my guests loved it. While cooking, I didn't have fenugreek seeds, and almost skipped it. But I found some Fenugreek seeds powder in my wife's collection, and used it. I tipped it over the pan, and might have ended up ruining it by spilling more. But eventually, I am glad that I didn't skip the fenugreek part. The flavour it gave in to the dish was priceless. I used King Fish for the preperation, and canned coconut milk.
I love the way you have presented the video, and how simple you make it sound, that is so inspiring to take up cooking. Sincerely hope to find more videos on your site. (apart from fish moilee, i also served bhaigan bartha, which was appreciated as well, and Biriyani, all from your videos).

prakash Nov 14, 2011
I tried it, Awesome flavour......hmmmm Yummyyyyyyy

Christer Sep 20, 2011
Love it! I'm defenitely going to browse this site, a lot!

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