Prawn Ambot Tik Recipe

Prawn Ambot Tik Recipe
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Prawn Ambot Tik is a hot and spicy Goan dish, which is very popular. Learn how to make/prepare Prawn Ambot Tik by following this easy recipe.
Prawn Ambot Tik Recipe
Difficulty Average
Recipe Type Non Veg.
  • 1 kg Large Prawns (shelled & deveined)
  • 8-10 Red Chillies (dry)
  • 6 Peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 8 cloves Garlic
  • 1-inch piece Ginger
  • A lump Tamarind (golf ball-sized)
  • 2 medium Onions (sliced thinly)
  • 3 tbsp Vegetable/ Canola/ Sunflower Cooking Oil
  • Salt (to taste)
How to make Prawn Ambot Tik:
  • Soak tamarind in half a cup of hot water and keep it aside.
  • Heat a flat pan on medium heat and roast the cumin seeds, peppercorns and dry red chillies.
  • Stir often and roast till they darken and begin to release a faint aroma. Remove from heat and cool.
  • Place a pan on medium flame and heat oil in it. Add onions and fry till they assume a slightly golden color.
  • Remove the fried onions from heat and mix them with all the other ingredients (barring prawns and tamarind). Grind these ingredients in a processor, to make a smooth paste.
  • Squeeze the tamarind, soaked in water, with your hand, so as to release softened pulp in water.
  • Strain and set the juice aside.
  • Now put the onion-spice paste in a pan, on medium heat and fry for a minute.
  • Add 1½ cups warm water and the tamarind juice.
  • Bring to boil and allow it to simmer for a few minutes.
  • Add prawns and cook them properly. Season with salt.