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Karimeen Molly (Pearl Spot Fish Stew)

Karimeen Molly

Karimeen/Pearl spot fish molly is very popular dish in Kerala which is usually served with appam or bread. It is a mild spiced curry with coconut milk as the key ingredient. Earlier I posted a version of fish molly with  fried King fish. This recipe has less oil and is quick and easy to make. This recipe was shared by ammachi during our recent visit to India. We did a lot of cooking experiments together and this is one of my favorites.My family loved this curry.Give this recipe a try will surely love it.

Karimeen/Pearl spot fish- 4 medium
Sliced onion- 1 medium
Ginger- 1 inch thick piece thinly sliced
Garlic- 3 cloves
Green chilly- 3 slit lengthwise
Curry leaves- a few
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Vinegar- 1 tsp
Thin coconut milk- 1 cup
Thick coconut milk- 1 cup
Coconut oil and salt to taste

Heat oil in a pan and saute sliced onions, ginger,garlic, curry leaves and green chilly till onions turn soft and slightly golden. Add salt, pepper powder and one cup of water. When it comes to a boil, slide in the cleaned fish, cover and cook for two minutes. Add the thin coconut milk and continue to cook till the fish is almost done and the gravy reduces. Add sliced tomato and cook till the tomatoes get soft. Pour the thick coconut milk  and after a minute switch off the flame. Pour one tsp of vinegar on top. Serve with appam or bread.

Try this..
Hope you will all enjoy!


  1. Awesome ! Just want few appams or rice and indulge...

  2. oooh.... kandittu vaavyil kappalodikkanulla vellamundu... yum...

  3. Delicious molly.. I make it with other fish as we don't get this one.

  4. drooling here,yummmy n perfect!!


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