Red Chillies and Spices and the base for this fiery red sour and spicy curry. Everything is blended together with Water & Vinegar and then added to a pot over sautéed Onion, Pureed Tomatoes and Tamarind are added together with some Salt & Kokum petals.Shrimp is added in and cooked in the velvety gravy.

Prawn AmbotTik is a wonderful classic Goan recipe typically made with chunks of Shark meat. The literal translation Ambot means sour and Tik means hot. This wonderful combination of sour and spicy is quintessentially Goan. In this recipe Kashmiri chillies are used to give that wonderful red color to the gravy.

Prawn Ambotik

5 from 3 votes



  • 10 Kashmiri Chillies
  • 10 Peppercorns
  • 2 green Cardamons
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 inch piece Ginger
  • 6 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 2 tbsps of Vinegar
  • 1 cup soaking liquid


  • 1/4 cup Oil
  • 1 cup diced Onion
  • Prepared Masala
  • 3/4 cup Tomato puree 3 small Blanched Tomatoes
  • Tamarind in 1 cup Water
  • Salt to taste
  • 3-4 Kokum petals
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 lb Prawn or Shrimp


  • Soak the Chillies for 30 mins in hot Water
  • Grind together with the rest of the masala ingredients
  • Heat some Oil and saute the Onion
  • Add the pureed masala and add Water in the jar
  • Add the pureed Tomatoes
  • Add Tamarind pulp and Salt
  • Add the Kokum
  • Cook this gravy for 30 mins so it thickens
  • Taste for Salt & Seasoning and add the Prawn and cook