Goan Prawn curry / Prawn Ambot Tik is Portuguese influenced dish . Ambot means sour and Tik means Spicy/Hot in Portuguese so this indeed is hot and sour spicy curry. Ambot tik is made with Shark fish or Shrimp generally. This curry is best consumed hours after it’s prepared as it allows the flavors to set in properly making this curry amazingly delicious

You can cook any fish with the Ambot tik Masala. Just replace Shrimp with Shark fish or any other similar fishes and keep rest of the ingredients same and you really have a most satisfying and delectable curry

Do share your experience once you try this amazingly lip smacking curry

Preparation time: 16 mins Cooking time: 30 mins Total time: 46 mins



  • 500g cleaned prawns

For Grinding

  • 1 cup grated Coconut
  • 5-6 Garlic cloves
  • 8 to 10 Kashmiri Red Chilies
  • 1 tsp Peppercorns
  • 1 inch Cinnamon stick
  • 2 teaspoon Jeera
  • 2 tbsp Coriander seeds
  • 3-4 Cloves

For Marination

  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice

For Curry

  • 4 tbsp Oil
  • 1 big Onion finely chopped or sliced
  • 1/2 cup Tomato chopped
  • 2 teaspoon Tamarind paste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup Coconut milk
  • 2 cups Water
  • 2-3 Green Chilies chopped

Steps to prepare

  • Dry roast spices and garlic cloves over low heat for 2 minutes
  • Grind roasted spices with coconut and little water to form smooth paste
  • Add turmeric , salt and lemon juice in a bowl and mix well
  • Add prawns and marinate it, Rest prawns on the counter for 15 minutes
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil and fry prawns for 2 minutes. keep it aside
  • In same pan, heat 2 tbsp oil, saute onions and green chilies until onions are translucent
  • Add tomatoes and saute for 4-5 minutes
  • Add ground paste to the pan
  • Add salt, tamarind paste, 1/2 cup water and mix well.
  • Saute and cook for 6 minutes
  • Add water and prawns. simmer and cook for 3 minutes
  • Add coconut milk and give it a stir. switch off. Do not cook after adding coconut milk.cover and rest for 30-40 minutes for flavors to blend in
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve warm with rice
Ambot TIk/Goan Prawns Curry
Posted by:Rekha Unni

Humble quirky soul embarking on beautiful journey of love called Life. Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies and I love experimenting with different types of foods. it's the love of cooking for my family which has made this hobby as one of my passions

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