mearl223 On September - 18 - 2011

Goan Shark Curry (Ambot-tik)

I was totally ECSTATIC to find shark fillets at my local grocery mart today – I suddently craved mom’s ‘ambot-tik’ alot! So, I called her for the recipe & made it right away… And u shd too!! Ambot = tangy like tamarind, Tik = spicy. Thats how the curry tastes – part tangy, part spicy.. Interesting???
PrepTime 20mins – Serves 4 – CookTime 15mins



1/2 kg shark – cut into 2″ pieces – marinated in salt for 15-20mins.
4-5 tbsp olive oil (coconut oil for a more authentic curry)
4-5 tbsp tomato paste
salt for marination

For the masala:
1/4 cup vinegar (palm vinegar is better)
3 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp ginger paste
1 small onion – cut in quarters
1/2 tsp peppercorns
1/2 tsp jeera/ cumin seeds
1/4 tsp haldi/ turmeric pwd
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1 seedless golfball-size ball of black tamarind
6 dry red-chilies/ Kashmiri chilies

Cooking Instructions:

Grind the ‘masala’ ingds with the vinegar to a fine paste. (Don’t use water; only vinegar)
Heat oil & fry the tomato paste well.
Add the masala paste & fry well for 5 mins .
Add 1/4 cup water & bring it to a boil.
When it boils, wash the fish pieces & add.
Simmer covered for 6-8 mins & then cook open to dry it up a bit.(Ambot-tik is not a very fluid runny curry, its more thick & almost dry at times)
Adjust salt, vinegar, pepper/cumin/red-chili pwds to taste if needed & simmer for 1 min.
Serve hot with steamed rice.

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