Kerala Fish Molee - Christmas Special( Salmon in coconut-cashew curry)

Kerala Fish molee - 1

With Christmas closing in so fast , I am excited and overjoyed like y'all , that I may go mad with delight.A drive through my neighborhood makes me feel like I am living in the magical town of "Whoville" , with houses and stores gaily decorated and decked up to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
There is happiness where ever you look,whoever you see,forgetting all the troubles they may have.There is hope within the sparkle of their eyes , and radiance on their face ; World indeed looks like a good place to live. 

Merry , Merry , Merry ; that's what you feel even in the frosty December air..

Though I am old and wise enough to know Christmas is not all about the gifts , I like having one for myself and for N , and for people I love ! Don't you ?

  Xmas at home- vazhayila
Xmas lights nyc for vazhayila

The two pics above are Christmas-y lights from my home and NYC . The second one is the Christmas tree from Rockefeller center .Doesn't it look like ruby and emerald sparkle of a diamond like star up above the sky? So magical !

 Meen moly-Kerala Fish molee - 1

For us , the Christmas party has started last week with lovely people , fun times  and good food & wine. We have a long list of small Christmas dinners , in the coming weekends and I am so looking forward to each one of those Christmas so far looks like the best ever..
On the flip side , I definitely miss my parents and brother and the Christmas back home with cousins , but I am happy we are so blessed with so many loving people here , hence I am indulging in the "merry" around !

  Garlic for vazhayila

I have posted my mom's fish molee recipe in the beginning days of vazhayila , but this is more of a "decked up yet easy " sequel to the original one.
A no fried version , where Salmon is cooked in whole spices and ginger-garlic infused coconut milk and finished with a rich coconut - cashew sauce.
After all , Its Christmas people ! Eat , Drink and be Merry ! The Christ is born!

Kerala Fish molee -2

Recipe for Meen Moilee/Molee - Kerala style fish stew with Salmon ( no-fried -version)
Serves - 4
Total cooking time  - 30 minutes

Cashew nuts - 15
Fish - 450 gm ( I prefer Salmon fillet)
Oil / Butter - 2 tablespoon
Cloves - 5
Cardamom - lightly crushed - 4-5
Bay leaves - 1 or cinnamon - 1
Onion finely chopped - 1
Curry leaves - 7-8
Garlic thinly sliced - 5
Ginger chopped - 1/2 of a thumb sized
Green chili slit - 7-8 (or as per your heat level.)
Turmeric - 1/4 to 1/2 tea spoon
Tomato diced- 1 big plump or 2 medium
Canned Coconut milk - 1/2 to 3/4 cup + 1/2 to 1 cup warm water - mix well
Salt to taste
Black peppercorns - 1/2 tea spoon to 1 tea spoon 
Canned coconut milk - 1 cup 
Optional Tempering
Coconut oil / ghee/butter -1- 2 tablespoon
cashew nuts

Method :-
Soak cashew nut in water for 15 minutes .
Clean Salmon fillet and cut into big chunky pieces
Heat oil in a wide mouthed pan and add cloves , cardamom and bay leaf and fry for a minute.
Add curry leaves and onion and saute for 5-6 minutes. Sprinkle some water if needed in between.
Add chopped garlic , and ginger and green chili and saute till the raw smell disappears.
Add turmeric , coconut milk + water mix , salt to taste and combine well.
Arrange fish and tomato pieces in a single layer  an inch apart , cover and cook for 10 minutes.
Uncover the pan , add garam masala and freshly crushed black pepper , mix in gently or shake the pan for the masala to get mixed in and cook covered for another 10 minutes or so.
Grind the soaked cashew nut with a lil coconut milk to a fine paste. Mix it with remaining coconut milk
Uncover the pan , add the coconut milk- cashew mix to the pan , let heat through for a minute and remove.
Prepare the tempering and pour over the stew. Let it stand covered for at least 15 minutes before serving

Notes :-
This is a very mildly flavored curry - If you want it to be more spicy add more spices
The gravy depends a lot on the kind of cooking pan you use( wide or deep ), so adjust the coconut milk- water qty accordingly
I prefer not to keep it for the next day , since its so full of coconut milk.

Other Christmas Specials

Kerala Chicken stew
Kerala Chicken Molee
Meen pollichathu
Canned Tuna cutlet
Kottayam style Beef dry fry

Merry Christmas Everyone !!!!


Shri said...

Wish you a very happy Christmas Sarah! This is perfect with rice!

Hima Raj said...

Excellent post Sarah. I love Molee chechi ;). This is one of my fav, however I have different recipe altogether for this one.
Wish you a Naveen a wonderful Xmas and New Year.

Meena said... of my fav dishes....i will def try this recipe...I used to be confused with the different types of coconut milk but this is simple!

Hasna said...

wow...pix r jst awesome!!

Sushma Mallya said...

Merry Christmas to you too sarah!!fish curry looks yummy...

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Curry looks yummmm,Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays...

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Happy Christmas dear....Delicious recipe and awesome clicks..

Aarthi said...

awesome fish curry..i love this with hot rice...This is my favorite..You have made it awesome sarah..Good clicks too as usual..

S.Menaga said...

Awesome gravy..Happy Christmas sarah!!

Treat and Trick said...

So creamy and delicious! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Christy Gerald said...

Wow!,Delicious and creamy fish molee luks awesome.Happy Christmas Sarah!

sweet symphony said...

thts a great variety lol.

Priya said...

Xmas wishes Sarah, super delicious fish molee,inviting.

divya said...

Mmmhhh, those look irresistible!

Poornima Nair said...

Merry Christmas to you Sarah. This recipe sounds fabulous with the cashew and coconut sauce and my favorite fish!

Torviewtoronto said...

happy holidays
delicious looking fish curry

Amina Khaleel said...

Fish curry looks delicious... Wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.. :)

Julie said...

Love this a lot,yummy n perfect for breakfast menus !!
Wishing your family a Merry X'Mas !!

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Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks so good...

Priti said...

Wish you n family Merry Christmas ....fab pics and curry looks yum

chinmayie @ love food eat said...

I have never cooked fish before (i am vegetarian) but my husband really enjoys fish. i always knew that the first recipe i try has to me a 'meen molee'! Will use your recipe soon :)

Beautiful photos once again!

Prathima Rao said...

Another delish version of the popular moilee!!! Tho we are veggies, we make the same with paneer ;) Merry xmas to u & your family ;)
Prathima Rao
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Sharmilee! :) said...

Fish molee looks yummy...merry xmas and happy hols

SpicyTasty said...

Yummy fish curry.Check out our Christmas give away...

PrathibhaSreejith said...

Awesome pics Sarah and Fish molee is really tempting.
Merry Christmas to you and family :) Have fun and happy holidays!!!

anthony stemke said...

I'm going to love this salmon dish, your pictures are so nice with the detail (like the wooden spoon and peppercorns).

I hope this is your Happiest Christmas ever Sarah, just sorry your family is so far away.

Sobha Shyam said...

superb fish molee..awesome clicks as usual :)
Merry Christmas to you and your family !!

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Only Fish Recipes said...

a perfectly made fish usual...always love ur clicks....wishing u n ur family a merry christmas :-)

Jaleela said...

Happy Cristmas. nice recipe very delicious sarah

Amber said...

Very happy Christmas!

Jay said...

wow...wat a wonderful treat..
eyecatchy cliks..;)
Tasty Appetite

Tadka Pasta said...

So delicious! Just love the mild flavors and colors of this curry.

TheYummyMorsel said...

Very beautiful. I have heard of this dish but never tasted it. Will try it now.

Anzz said...

This is mu Hubby's fave food. The clicks looks lovely. B'lated Merry Xmas to you dear.

Plateful said...

Ah, our humble meen molly, I love this with appam :) Wishing you a belated Merry Christmas and a very smashing New Year. Enjoy, have fun! ♥

Priya's Feast said...

My fav curry in gorgeous pics...hope u had wonderful christmas..

Roshni said...

Merry Christmas Sarah. Fish curry is my fav dish in the world. If I have to eat just dish my whole life, it will be fish curry with chemba choru. But I like fish curry cooked like in your post for Kuttanad meen curry better. That is my fav.

Namitha said...

Hope you had a wonderful X'mas :-) Lovely post

Sarah Naveen said...

@ Roshni...I have never had this curry with rice before. I don't think I would love that combo either..Like u said chemba choru + red fish curry is so classy !

Sarah Naveen said...

Namitha chechi..We did :-)..Hope u guys too :-)..

zareena said...

Marvelous and amazing snaps dear. Merry Christmas Sarah.

Sowmya said...

Nice recipe....hope you had a great Christmas!

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Ashwini Nishil said...

Hi Sarah..
A merry christmas and a very happy new year to you and your fly.
You have an awesome blog. All the recipes and pictures are just wonderful! Happy to follow you.
There are some awards waiting for you at my space. Kindly accept it.


maha said...

LOVELY PICS..Wishing u very happy new year to you and your family

Roshni said...

Happy New Year Sarah. Check out my recap 2011 if you get a chance

Anzz said...

Wishing you a very Happy New Year, filled with loads of happiness, good health and wonderful blessings. May all your wishes come true.

Ramya said...

Wish you and family a very happy new year:-)
As always awesome clicks:-) I just love the styling you do:-)

Indie.Tea said...

I hope you had a very, very merry Christmas, and will have a happy New Year!
Oh, and your fish curry looks delicious. And I've added you on Twitter :)

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Rinku Naveen said...

Wonderful post Sarah! Hope you had a great Christmas. Wish you a Happy New Year!
Fish molee is my fav too. Bread and fish molee is a classic combination. We make it a little different. We fry the fish a bit before adding it to the curry.
All the pics are lovely. The garlic snap is just too too good. :) When are u coming to Kerala. Would love to be your student :)

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

wishing you and Naveen a very happy and prosperous New year.. :)
Fish molee kalakkiyittundu.. never seen a better picture than this :)

Dolly said...

Beautiful Clicks and an awesome recipe. I just admire all your clicks whenever I visit ur space..

"There is hope within the sparkle of their eyes , and radiance on their face ; World indeed looks like a good place to live. "-
Loved this too very poetically expressed and so true..Your blog is one such place too Sarah..Wishing you and ur hubby a happy 2012.

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Looks very tasty and yummy dear...

Shabs said...

Gorgeous ......gorgeous......gorgeous pics Sarah and a very happy new year to you :) .

CaySera said...

First time here....what a beautiful space..filled with yummilicious keralan food so youve got me lots of recipes bookmarked....Cheers!

Whats Ur Home Story said...

Happy New Year! Got here after some blog hopping. Being a fellow Mallu absolutely love the blog title! Great pics and recipes. Not a big fan of salmon but got to admit the pics are tempting.

aishwarya said...

kanditte kothiyavunu....
delicious blog

aishwarya said...

thanks for joining...keep supporting...
have a nice day and one more, i loved your blog name, it signals 'nadan' way of life.

Ola said...

taking into consideration all the ingredients, itmust be delicious! I agree-such food is best the day after

Sapna Anu B.George said...

Wonderful to meet you here in vazayila, and read your recipe's too. exceptionally beautiful snaps and how did you manage to add them in such wide format and resolution., please do advice the techniques .

Sarah Naveen said...

Sapna ..i don't do anything "special" about the pics..there is options with in blogger to change the pic size to from small-xl ...Since i ran out of my pic capacity in blogger , i host it on flickr..tats it :-)..About resolution, i always use the original size from the camera ...Hope this helps..

Liza said...

Hello sarah, I tried this yesterday for my daughters b'day party , everyone loved it very much...... I make your lemon pickle every month, its just perfect for us. Thanks and keep doing updating more recipes.

nithin said...

Dear Sarah,

thanx for the excellent dish.....made it with some changes...still yummy...

Sebastian Plamthottam said...

Hi Honey,
Excellent & delicious recipe.

Thanks & Regards,
Prabha Sebastian Plamthottam.

Sebastian Plamthottam said...

Hi Honey,
Excellent & Delicious recipe

Thanks & Regards,
Dr.Prabha Sebastian Plamthottam.

Sarah Naveen said...

Hey Prabha ,

Glad you liked it 😄😄

Esther Shalom said...

Dear Honey Sarah,
Know what? Sometimes, simple things turn out to be the most aesthetic ones , just due to Nadan flavors…it was the “Kerala Beef Pickle” that impressed us as the first thingy.

Then the rest happened…one of the swells from “God’s own country” made us copy it , “Meen Molee”!

Yes, we would love to feature your culinary skills on our global platform.

This is an exclusive space for your penmanship, where you can publish your unique culinary outputs in the form of brief food blogs.

That too you’re the one, who’s going to own this space! We would like to pass it on to others by featuring it on our global platform!
Sulekha.US would be glad to present your food blog to the Indian communities living abroad. We would love to connect them through one of the most vital channels i.e. food.

It’s all yours and you’re going to own an exclusive food blog with Sulekha to share your recipes along with their back links.
We would promote it across our wall and social media.

Featuring your recipes on our home page would be a perk for our eager Indians, who are waiting for Desi recipes and baked goodies ranging from ‘grand’ to ‘on the go’.

Sharing your passion for cooking might rejuvenate the taste buds and senses of millions of Indians living abroad. We’re awaiting your valuable reply.

Bon Appetite!

Thanks & regards,
Hamida, Content Manager, Sulekha US


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