Thursday, August 17, 2006
Goan Prawns Ambot Tik
'Ambot' means 'Sour' in konkani & 'Tik' means 'Pungent'. This is a traditional dish in both Goa & Mangalore. The preparation style is a little different though, but the majority of the ingredients remains the same. I got this recipe from one of my Goan friends.
The tamarind, peppercorns & red chillies add a distinct flavour to the dish. You can substitute prawns for any other fish of your choice. Mangaloreans & Goans prepare Ambot Tik of skate, shark or catfish as they absorb the hot & sour flavour of the gravy very well.
To make Ambot-Tik, you need :
1/2 kg prawns or any fish of your choice
1 onion, finely sliced
2 tbsp oil
Grind the below ingredients using very little water :
10 dried kashmiri red chillies ( they are less spicy & add more colour to the curry)
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
4 cloves garlic
1/2 inch ginger
marble sized ball tamarind
Apply salt to the prawns & keep aside.
Heat oil in a vessel. Fry onion till it is golden brown. Add the ground masala. Fry for sometime. Add a cup of water & allow to boil. Add the prawns. Cook till tender on low flame. Add salt & vinegar, only if necessary.
Goes well with steamed rice.