Fish in Coconut Milk or Fish Moilee and My Interview
For marinating fish
  • Fish, king fish or pomfret (pompano)- 2, cut into round slices
  • Chili powder- 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Ground Pepper- ¼ tsp
  • Lemon juice- 1 tsp
  • Salt- to taste
For frying
  • Oil- for frying fish
While cooking
  • Oil used for frying fish- 3 tbsp
  • Red Onion, cut long and thin- 2
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Ginger-Garlic paste- 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  • Ground pepper- ⅛ tsp
  • Tomatoes, chopped- 2
  • Coconut milk, thin- ½ cup (if using canned coconut milk, add water to the thick coconut milk to thin it down)
  • Coconut milk, thick- ½ cup
  • Garam masala- ½ tsp
  1. Cut the fish into round slices. I prefer King fish and pomfret for making this.
  2. Marinate the fish with the above mentioned ingredients 'for marinating the fish', keep aside for 15 minutes.
  3. Shallow fry the marinated fish in oil and transfer to a paper towel.
  4. Place a large pan or claypot over medium heat.
  5. Add 3 tbsp of oil used for frying fish.
  6. Add onions and curry leaves along with little salt to the oil, saute till onions starts to turn translucent.
  7. Add ginger garlic paste to it and saute for a minute.
  8. Add coriander powder and ground pepper to it, combine well.
  9. Add thin coconut milk and combine well, cook it for a minute.
  10. Add the fried fish to the coconut milk and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  11. Add tomatoes, let it cook for a minute. Don't over cook the tomatoes.
  12. Now, pour the thick coconut milk, gently mix it without breaking the fish and let it simmer for a few minutes.
  13. Don't let the coconut milk come to a boil.
  14. Taste and adjust salt accordingly.
  15. Finally sprinkle garam masala over the fish curry and cook for a few seconds.
  16. Remove from the heat, cover the pan with its lid and let stand for sometime so that the flavors will get into the fish.
  17. Serve with rice, chapathi, idiyappam, orotti etc.
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