Thursday, 13 September 2012

Shark Ambotik - A Goan Delicacy

The meaning of "Ambot" is Sour and "Tik" is spicy in Portugese. This is a Portugese influenced dish from Goa, which is made with fish that has less bones.
Instead of Shark you could use "Pomfret" or "Seer" fish.
Whenever we go to Goa, I make sure that I have this dish in "Martin's Corner", one of the most popular Sea food joints in Goa.
But our Goa trip happens just twice a year, so what do I do the rest of the year whenever I feel like having this dish, well the only solution was to learn to cook it. 
After a little help from one of my friends in Goa, I managed to successfully make it at home.
Now eating this dish does not have to depend on our Goa trip!
This dish is best enjoyed with steaming rice and a Goan fish fry to go with it!
Try making this at home, its fairly simple and quick to make!

Shark (or any meaty fish) - 1/2 kg
Onion Sliced Fine - 1
Tomato - 1 - boiled and peeled
Oil - 2 tbsp

Ambot Tik Masala Ingredients:
Dry Kashmiri Chillies - 10
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Pepper corns - 4
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Garlic - 4 flakes
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
Kokum pulp - 1 tbsp or 1 small ball of Tamarind

Clean and wash the fish, cut it into desired pieces, apply some salt and keep it aside. 
Meanwhile grind the above masala ingredients with a little water to get the ambot tik masala.
Take a heavy bottomed pan or vessel, add oil, keep on low heat and fry the onion till it turns golden brown.
Now add the tomato and fry for a while till oil begins to separate.
Add the masala to the pan and cook it for a few minutes. Add pieces of shark to the masala and mix them up, add some water till the pieces of fish are submerged.
Bring to boil on low flame until the fish is tender.
Serve the Goan Shark Ambot Tik with steaming rice.

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