Monday, March 16, 2009

Shark Ambot Tik

The meaning of Ambot is sour and tik is spicy in portugese and here comes another portugese influenced delicious dish from Goa, made with fish that has less bones, the Ambot Tik

In this recipe we make the lip smacking Shark Ambot Tik.

Shark Ambot Tik Main Ingredients:

Add salt to the cut pieces of shark
1/2 Kg Shark (Preferably a fish without bones and is meaty like shark)
1 Onion Sliced Fine
1 Boiled and Skinned Tomato
2 Tablespoons of oil
Peeled tomato and a chopped onion with a sliced green chilly
Shark Ambot Tik Masala Ingredients:

10 Dry Kashmiri Chillies
1/2 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
4 Pepper corns
1/4" Turmeric
4 Flakes of Garlic
1/2" Piece Ginger
A Small marble sized ball of Tamarind


Clean and wash the fish, cut it into desired pieces, apply some salt and keep it aside.

Salted shark pieces
In the meantime grind the above masala ingredients with a little water to get the ambot tik masala.
Ambot tik masala
Put the two tablespoons of oil in a vessel and heat it.
Fry the onion in the oil till it turns golden brown.
Golden brown onions
You can then add the tomatos and fry then for a while, just like the prawn xeque xeque make sure that the tomato pieces are all mashed, this helps with the curry and its composition.
Add tomaotos to the bagaar
Add masala to the bagaar and cook it for a few minutes. Now there are two methods that you can go about with this recipe. The first one is the one we have followed..
add the ambot tik masala to the dish
Add the masala and fry it for a bit.
Fry the masala
Add pieces of shark to the masala and mix them up, you can then add some water till the pieces of fish are submerged.
Add the pieces of fish to the masala
Cook the pieces till they are tender and this is done on a low flame.
Mix the shark pieces in the masala
The one we followed here is a little less time consuming, where you directly drop the fish into the masala. The second method is to first add the water, give the masala a boil with the water and bagaar, then add the fish pieces and cook on a slow flame.
Add water to the shark Ambotik
Taste the dish and add salt and vinegar if necessary, you can also add the sliced green chilly to make it spicier.
Add chillies as required
You can then spread some corriander leaves, decorate the dish as per choice and serve, the Goan Shark Ambot Tik!
Decorate and serve the shark ambot tik
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  1. hi clyde!!!its so nice to be here...hehehe

  2. i really2x love your recipes..

  3. Wow! I've always wanted to try out some shark recipe. This looks easy & will definately try this out.
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Excellent! I tried this last night and my family gave it a 10/10. Thank you for sharing

  5. yo man m was very found of eating ambok tik but dint knew how to do........... and finnally found your recipe its yummmmy thanks for sharing

  6. I just tried this recipe...n it turned out awesome!!! Never tot i would be able to make such tasty Ambotik..

  7. Kashmiri chillies do make alot of difference in Indian cooking. It not only gives the right spicy taste but the color of the curries are simply appetizing. Love it.

    1/2 Goan from Canada

  8. Sunday afternoon was a whole lot better thanks to this recipe. Followed it to the letter and turned out excellent. Thanks Clyde!

  9. Great recipe! Thanks.

    I've made it multiple times with a mix of full red chillies and deghi mirch powder (adds a lot of colour).

  10. hello clyde....thanks for sharing this... m making shark for the first time....and after seeing those pictures and reading the reviews i am definitely going to make it this way now....thank you for making cooking a pleasure:-)
    ...have a grt day...jayshree

  11. Really tasty ambot tik (sour spicy) curry.

    Could'nt resist to wait till lunch, so I sampled it for breakfast with a kadak pau (hard bread). I just altered the masala by using seven kashmiri chillies and one whole pod of garlic (approx. 12-15 flakes)

  12. Yummy dish ! I loved it. THANKS. Olivia

  13. nice site. good pictures. kholkar

  14. ruchik great recipie - joyce rodrigues

  15. HEY Clyde
    thanks so much for the yummy recipes, have always wanted to cook Shark ambot tik but never got the same taste .I will try this one and hope it takes my taste buds down memory lane

  16. Hey Clyde...
    Ur recipes are too good man... salute to d master chef.... please can you get me the correct recipe of Goan recheido masala I have tried it several times but somehow I am not able to get it the goan way..... Requesting u for the recipe of the same asap....

  17. Hi clyde.
    Thank you so much for sharing your recipies.
    God bless you and your mum.

    Lots of love,
    Andrea Kambli.


  19. Excellent Curry! Turned out really good!

  20. Thanks for this mori chi sagoti


  21. Hi, this was one of my favourite Goan dishes. The recipe i have combines all of the ingredients apart from the fish in white vinegar then leave for up to a month in the fridge...just wondering if you have heard of this and hope the recipe wasn't lost in translation ?? Cheers, Gem.

    1. is this a dry fish recipe?

    2. That might be Rechaad masala i'm guessing.

  22. Looks terrific. For some reason, I don't get the color that you get and it probably is the rubbish Kashmiri chilly powder here or probably the tamarind paste is too black. But it must taste good.


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