Meen Moilee (Fish Curry)

Meen Moilee (Fish Curry)

By 16 January, 2021

This delicate flavoursome fish curry, possibly of Portuguese-Indian origin,  is quick and easy to prepare and very well received whenever I serve it. Make sure you use fresh curry leaves as their flavour and aroma is irreplaceable.
The quick hit of hot oil combined with the curry leaves, mustard seeds and diced tomato makes for a magic final flourish. 
I added a few prawns at the same time as adding the fish. For a more adventurous moilee, use 8 green lip mussels (in their half shell), 8 large green tiger prawns (tails intact and cleaned(, 8 mud crabs claws (cracked), 1 squid (cut decoratively) and 4 barbounia (red mullet) fillets.

Serve with steamed rice.

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 15-20 minutes
  • Yield : 4



Spread the onions, ginger, chillies and garlic over the bottom of a large frying pan.  Add the tomato puree, half the curry leaves, the lemon juice, turmeric, salt, fish stock and cornflour.  Mix to combine. 
Bring to the boil over medium heat, turn down the heat and add the fish (and a few prawns, if liked). Stir gently to combine.  Simmer until the fish turns opaque, 10-15 minutes (and until prawns have changed colour and are cooked).  Add the coconut milk and bring back to boiling point.  Immediately turn heat down to low.
For the Final Flourish: heat the oil in a small pan, add the mustard seeds and once they begin to pop, add the remaining curry leaves and diced tomato (stand back because it will crackle!). Pour over the fish.
Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and julienned green shallots.  Excellent with steamed rice.

Tip: remove seeds from chillies if you don't like your curry hot.



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2 Responses to Meen Moilee (Fish Curry)

  1. Pamela George

    I am a bit of lazy and incompetent cook, so I love recipes that a simple and fast.
    I needed to cook a birthday dinner for a friend who is a non meat eater, and I have had luck with Sheridan’s recipes before, so I thought I would try this fish curry.
    I can certainly highly recommend it. It was delicious – and very easy. I will definitely be making this one again.

  2. Sheridan

    Thanks Pam, I’m so pleased to hear you and your friends enjoyed it – it’s one of my favourites!
    I even planted a curry leaf tree in our Community Veggie Garden to ensure we always have curry leaves on hand.

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