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:
10 Dry Kashmiri Chillies
1/2 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
4 Pepper corns
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.
In the meantime grind the above masala ingredients with a little water to get the 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.
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 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 masala and fry it for a bit.
Add pieces of shark to the masala and mix them up, you can then add some water till the pieces of fish are submerged.
Cook the pieces till they are tender and this is done on a low flame.
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.
Taste the dish and add salt and vinegar if necessary, you can also add the sliced green chilly to make it spicier.
You can then spread some corriander leaves, decorate the dish as per choice and serve, the Goan Shark Ambot Tik!