Mackerels / Shark Ambot Tik – Goan Style

Ambot tik (of Mackerel/Shark fish) is a classic favorite among the Goan folk. The curry has a deliciously sour, spicy, and tangy flavor. It is because of the taste this dish is named ‘Ambotik’ in which ‘ambot’ means Sour and ‘tik’ means Spicy. It is usually accompanied by rice, bread, or sannas. Different types of fishes such as king fish, mackerel, shark, can be used to make “Ambot Tik”. This dish has atypical reddish-orange color.

Mackerels / Shark Ambot Tik – Goan Style

Mackerels / Shark Ambot Tik – Goan Style

Recipe by Ushakal GroupCourse: SeafoodCuisine: indianDifficulty: Medium


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  • 4 Mackerels (Cleaned and cut into 3 pieces each) / Shark pieces

  • 4 pcs kokum Dried (Kokum solan)

  • 1 green chilli – cut lengthwise

  • 8 – 10 dried Tephala

  • 200 ml water

  • Salt, to taste

  • Oil very little

  • Paste to Grind

  • 200 gms Coconut, fresh grated

  • 10 – 12 chilies Red, whole

  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder

  • ¼ cup Tamarind pulp

  • 1 tsp Coriander seeds

  • 1 cup water


  • Marinate the fish with salt and turmeric and set aside.
  • Grind all the ingredients as listed above under ‘paste to grind’ with freshly grated coconut with water.
  • In a pan, add the finely ground coconut paste and heat the paste. Once paste get heated add the slit green chilies, kokum sola, and tephala. Continue heating and bring it to a boil.
  • Wash the salted mackerel pieces with water and add it to the boiling coconut paste.
  • Let it simmer on low flame for about 4 – 5 mins. Season with salt as necessary.


  • Avoid stirring too vigorously as that tends to break and disintegrate the mackerel fish.
    Serve Ambot Tik hot with steamed rice.

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