Shark ambotik/authentic goan spicy and sour seafood cuisine

Main Dish
5 servings
10 min
20 min
"Ambot" meaning TANGY and "tik" meaning SPICY is a Popular Goan cuisine which goes extremely well with SHARK meat because of it's strong flavor. There are a lot of variations to prepare a Ambotik curry with fish like Pomfret, Mackerel, Sardines , but I felt this version to be the best as the strong flavors of Shark meat compliments the tangy and spicy taste of the gravy. I have improvised the recipe adding a little sugar to enhance the flavors of the dish, also used kokum petals instead of tamarind.


Number of serving: 5
a little more than a lb. of Shark meat, cut into 2" cubes

7 to 8 shallots, chopped lengthwise

8 to 10 kokum petals

A handful of grated coconut and 1tsp of coriander seeds , dry roasted to a golden brown color and made into a fine paste.

Salt, to taste

Oil, as required

Ingredients for the masala:

1/2 of a medium sized onion, coarsely chopped

6 to 7 whole Kashmiri Red chilies or 1 and 1/2 tbsp of Kashmiri chili powder( increase or decrease the spice level according to your taste)

5 to 6 whole peppercorns

1 tsp cumin seeds

4 to 5 cloves of garlic

1, 1" piece of ginger

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp sugar

4 tbsp of vinegar


  • Marinade the Shark meat with a pinch of salt, keep aside for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • In the mean time, make a paste of all the ingredients for the masala.
  • Heat a tbsp of oil in a wide bottomed skillet, add the shallots , fry till translucent, next add the ground masala along with the paste of roasted coconut and coriander seeds. Fry for 3 to 4 minutes on a medium heat by constant stirring or until the raw smell of the spices vanish.
  • Next, add 2 cups of water, salt and the kokum petals, cover and cook on medium heat until it comes to a boil.
  • Lastly add the shark meat, cover and cook for 8 to 10 minutes on medium low.
  • Serve hot with Rice.


Shark Ambotik/Authentic Goan spicy and sour seafood cuisine, photo 1
Shark Ambotik/Authentic Goan spicy and sour seafood cuisine, photo 2
Shark Ambotik/Authentic Goan spicy and sour seafood cuisine, photo 3


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