Aakurache tonak – Popular Method II

This is a traditional Goan dish especially made during a rainy season. This vegetable is called ‘Aakur’ because it sprouts only during a rainy season.

Aakur is a delicacy of Goa which is abundantly available during a rainy season. This vegetable is also known as Swamp fern or Mangrove fern. This vegetable can be made with prawns or without prawns.

Aakurache tonak - Popular Method II

Aakurache tonak – Popular Method II

Recipe by Ushakal GroupCourse: Main Course, VegCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Medium


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  • 4 bunches of aakur

  • 1 bowl masoor washed and soaked

  • 1 onion finely chopped

  • 1 bowl grated coconut

  • 1 tbsp Coriander

  • 4-5 red chillies

  • 4-5 garlic

  • ¼ tspn poppy seeds

  • 1/2 tspn haldi powder

  • 1 &1/2 tbspn garm masala

  • Salt to taste

  • Water


  • Add cut Aakur, soaked masoor, cut onions and water to a pressure cooker and cook it for 3 whistles.
  • In a sperate pan add 3 tbsp oil. Once the oil is hot, add the remaining ingredients mentioned under ingredients.
  • Roast all the ingredients and set it aside. Once cooled grind it to a thick smooth paste with little water.
  • Transfer the paste to a slightly bigger vessel, add little water, mix and cook the mixture for about 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Once the masala is cooked, add the pressure-cooked ingredients to this boiling masala.
  • Mix well and add salt to taste and chopped coriander leaves. Mix and continue heating this for another 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Serve Aakur tondak with bread and or steaming rice.


  • If you want to use Prawns, add deshelled small prawns to Aakur tonak when pressure cooked Aakur mixture is added to masala paste.

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