Shark Ambot Tik

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


41 Responses to Shark Ambot Tik

  1. Anita June 19, 2009 at 6:17 am #

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

    • Amy Fernandes February 22, 2018 at 10:23 am #

      Awesome recipe. I don’t leave a comment but this one deserved a thumbs up. Enjoyed my meal. Keep up the good work!!!!!

  2. Anonymous June 19, 2009 at 6:17 am #

    i really2x love your recipes..

  3. Anonymous June 19, 2009 at 6:17 am #

    hi clyde!!!its so nice to be here…hehehe

  4. Anonymous December 1, 2009 at 3:05 pm #

    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

  5. Anonymous December 1, 2009 at 3:05 pm #

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

  6. Betsy March 6, 2010 at 5:02 am #

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

  7. Anonymous May 7, 2010 at 6:35 pm #

    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. Prashant May 13, 2010 at 11:09 am #

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

  9. Anonymous June 28, 2010 at 3:21 am #

    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. Anonymous September 10, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    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. Viola Saldanha November 13, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    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. olivia February 25, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    Yummy dish ! I loved it. THANKS. Olivia

  13. bhalchandra March 18, 2011 at 4:50 am #

    nice site. good pictures. kholkar

  14. joyce rodrigues July 27, 2011 at 7:01 am #

    ruchik great recipie – joyce rodrigues

  15. Nicola November 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    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
    [email protected]

  16. Anonymous June 5, 2012 at 5:30 am #


  17. Anonymous June 5, 2012 at 5:30 am #

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

    Lots of love,
    Andrea Kambli.

  18. Akshay Bangar June 5, 2012 at 5:30 am #

    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….

  19. milan September 27, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    Thanks for this mori chi sagoti


  20. bini September 27, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    Excellent Curry! Turned out really good!

  21. Anonymous March 6, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    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.

  22. JOYCE DSOUZA March 6, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    thank u so much…. fr sharing

  23. Clyde April 6, 2013 at 3:51 am #

    is this a dry fish recipe?

  24. Sandra May 1, 2013 at 7:05 am #


  25. CharLee May 7, 2014 at 7:45 am #

    That might be Rechaad masala i'm guessing.

  26. Cecil D'Souza October 7, 2015 at 10:25 am #

    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.

  27. Nik November 6, 2016 at 9:47 pm #

    hi, i tried this but it came out a light brown in colour and the dry chilli seeds wouldnt grind.. help please../

  28. O.J.Desouza December 14, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

    Tried the Shark Ambot Tik. It was simply divine.
    Do you have a recipe for Shark Xacuuti? if so please share it with me.

  29. Fatima January 24, 2017 at 7:21 am #

    I always wanted to know how to make shark ambot tik. Thanks Clyde for sharing your recipe. I will definitely try this very soon.
    God bless.

  30. MARVIN BOTELHO January 29, 2017 at 3:18 pm #


  31. Ligorio Gracias February 26, 2017 at 3:46 am #

    Your recipes are very tempting. I am going to try the Amnbo Tik one.

    Would you be able to provide me with a recipe for the GOAN PORK TRIP recipe? I believe the dish is known as “BOOCH”. I can’t find it anywhere!

    Much appreciated and with thanks.

    Ligorio Gracias

  32. Roland September 28, 2017 at 4:11 pm #

    Hi Clyde, iike ambottic very much, which other fish can prepare witj?

  33. melissa December 19, 2017 at 9:27 am #

    Excellent receipe i tried it

  34. JMERCY August 28, 2018 at 5:24 am #

    So simple and get tasty.
    Good for soaking up idlis or sanas n fires.
    Great job

  35. Gladys December 9, 2018 at 4:55 pm #

    This recipe was so good. Thank you for sharing I used cat fish. I am going to try using prawns this next time. May God Bless you

  36. Dorothy Lobo Albuquerque February 10, 2019 at 7:18 am #

    I made this in a clay pot … The recipe is insanely good. Thank you so much, Clyde, you made my husband’s day (and mine) !! God bless you and yours…

  37. Bella February 18, 2019 at 3:32 pm #

    Hey Clyde,
    Can’t go wrong when I follow your ambit tik recipe 🙂 just made it with black pomfret and its yum! Thanks a ton!

  38. Reshma October 9, 2020 at 5:39 am #

    Hie…. have tried many ambotik recipes, but this one, hit the right spot . It was so simple and yet so superb. Thanks

  39. Teena Fernandes October 29, 2020 at 9:37 pm #

    Tried this curry today. Turned out very good.



  40. Teena Fernandes November 4, 2020 at 1:19 pm #

    Dear Clyde

    I tried this recipe with Prawns and Lep fish. Turned out very delicious.


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