From Grandma’s Kitchen: Fish Ambotik

Fish Ambotik is a classic favourite among the Goan folk. The curry has a deliciously sour, spicy, and tangy flavour. This is why it is named ‘Ambotik’ as ambot means sour and tik means spicy. It is usually accompanied with rice, bread, or sannas. Different types of fishes can be used such as kingfish, mackerel, shark, etc. This dish can be identified by its reddish-orange colour.

The following recipe is given by a Goan grandmother who has a passion for cooking.

Fish Ambotik of half kg

Grind to paste the following:

1 tsp coriander seeds

1/2 tsp jeera

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 tsp peppercorns

5 cloves

1-inch stick of cinnamon

6 flakes garlic

3/4 inch piece ginger

6 Kashmiri chillies

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 marble size tamarind


Pour a little oil in a vessel and then put one medium size onion (finely chopped). Then add one medium chopped tomato. After this, put the ground masala check the thickness of the gravy.  Then put the fish pieces. Lastly, add 1 tbsp spoon Goa vinegar. Add salt according to taste.



Pic credit: Shivang Mishra | NT GOGOANOW