Thursday, April 19, 2012

Shark Ambotik


shark ambotik
My hubby got some fresh shark meat from Asian store last weekend, so I thought of trying  Shark Ambotik,   a  delicious and extremely  flavorful dish well known for its TANGY and SPICY taste. "Ambot" meaning TANGY and "tik" meaning SPICY is a Popular Goan cuisine which goes extremely well with  SHARK  meat because of it's strong flavor. There are a lot of variations to prepare a Ambotik curry with fish like Pomfret, Mackerel, Sardines , but I felt this version to be the best as the strong flavors of Shark meat compliments the tangy and spicy taste of the gravy. I have improvised the recipe adding a little  sugar to enhance the flavors of the dish, also used kokum petals instead of tamarind.







Preparation time : 10 minutes
Cooking time :  20 minutes
Serves : 5







There has been a lot of assumptions regarding the usability of Shark meat. So I did a  little research  beforehand, when I came across this nice article in this website NEFSC Fish FAQ .It states "Shark meat is palatable and nutritious if properly prepared. In some countries shark meat is marketed under its common name, in others it is marketed under various names. The fish in England's "fish and chips" is sometimes dogfish or school shark (although this would be considered low quality "fish & chips". True "fish and chips" consists of cod, haddock (the 2 most popular) and also plaice). The prejudice against shark meat arises from a distaste for the scavenging habits people attribute to sharks, and to the fact that the meat spoils quickly. The meat of certain species is apt to be strongly flavored, a characteristic that may be reduced by icing for 24 hours, then soaking for two hours in brine Dry salted shark has become a staple food in some countries where salt cod was formerly popular. But shark liver should never be eaten - its high concentrations of vitamins can cause illness in humans. It is only a rumor that the hammerhead is poisonous."


my daughter riding

I have been extremely busy for the past couple of weeks. We just shifted to our new apartment and kind of settling down.  Last weekend the climate was just fantastic , so we decided to take a stroll in the park.  My daughter took her First riding lesson from her dad which also happens to be MY FIRST CLICK with my new Canon EOS Rebel T2i Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens :-) T2i is my first Digital SLR camera and so far, I loved it because of it's great picture quality and ease of use.  Especially loved the "landscape" mode, great for outdoor shootings ,the green and the blues become more vivid than the Full auto mode !!!  Included a few snaps from our visit to the park at the end post, do check it out !!! Now coming to the Recipe....



Ingredients :
  • a little more than a lb. of Shark meat, cut into 2" cubes
  • 7 to 8 shallots, chopped lengthwise
  • 8 to 10 kokum petals
  • A handful of grated coconut and 1tsp of coriander seeds , dry roasted to a golden brown color and made into a fine paste.
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil, as required


shark meat


Ingredients for the masala:
  • 1/2 of a medium sized onion, coarsely chopped
  • 6 to 7 whole Kashmiri Red chilies or 1 and 1/2 tbsp of Kashmiri chili powder( increase or decrease the spice level according to your taste)
  • 5 to 6 whole peppercorns
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 to 5 cloves of  garlic
  • 1, 1" piece of ginger
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp of vinegar






















Directions:
  • Marinade the Shark meat with a pinch of salt, keep aside for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • In the mean time, make a paste of all the ingredients for the masala.
  • Heat a tbsp of oil in a wide bottomed skillet, add the shallots , fry till translucent, next add the ground masala along with the paste of roasted coconut and coriander seeds. Fry for 3 to 4 minutes on a medium heat by constant stirring or until the raw smell of the spices vanish.
  • Next, add 2 cups of water, salt and the kokum petals, cover and cook on medium heat until it comes to a boil.
  • Lastly add the shark meat, cover and cook for 8 to 10 minutes on medium low.
  • Serve hot with Rice.

A Few snaps from our visit to the Park. None of the pictures are edited . I have just started getting more into photography with my new camera, I would really appreciate your suggestions :-) 

flower

tree




my daughter sliding
During sunset.......
sunset



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87 comments:

  1. Hey great...Nice camera...BTW your clics are beautiful..Recipe looks delicious..

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  2. Welcome to slr club,glad u finally bought..Ambotik luks funtabulous...

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    1. Thanks dear... was trying to get hands on this camera for quite some time....just loving it :-)

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  3. lovely clicks with your new camera......loovely recipe too......

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  4. Beautiful pictures! and I would never have dared to try making shark!! You are the high priestess of anything Fish!! Each recipe of yours is so unique.

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  5. This recipe looks really delicious. I love the photo of your daughter lerning how to ride her bike with her dad...a classic shot! Beautiful spring pictures.

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  6. Congrats Sonali on the new camera,n great clicks,yummy shark curry as well..
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    Erivum Puliyum

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  7. Congrats Sonali for ur new camera, shark ambotik looks fabulous and fingerlicking..

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  8. Great looking dish...Photos are beautiful - good luck with your new camera!

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  9. That dish looks mouthwatering ! And love the new cam ! :D

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  10. beauuuuuutiful & yummy post
    lovely cliks....drooling here..;)
    Tasty Appetite

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  11. hi dear..aftr a long time..liked ur blog home....even my son luvs 2 ride d bicycle.he is just 2.8 n completely perfect in riding nw.really cool cliks..congrats dat u got a new camera....shark recipe luks completely terrifc...u can do any type of sea fud..unique chef 4 em..luv u..
    maha

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  12. Bwy from next yr iam going start eating non-veg..especially fish..i vl be d big follower 2 ur space aftr8mnths.hehehe;-)
    maha

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    1. sure dear :-) :-):-)I'm yet to try the whole pomfret baked fish ...I'll definitely get back to u once I try it :-)

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  13. Looks yum...and beautiful pics ...

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  14. awesome clicks!......congrats on the cam.......the recipe is great too...love the goan prep..really cute little one!

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  15. Beautiful clicks and the dish looks so yummy and inviting

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  16. The shark ambotik looks fabulous and scrumptious! I was wondering why there had been no posts on your site for so long but this post made me smile. So good to hear everything is good at your end dear! Congratulations on moving into your own apartment and on buying your new DSLR camera. I love all the photographs. I know how thrilling and fun the latter can be. I also bought my first DSLR about 2 months ago and I'm still learning how to handle it. Best of wishes dear! :)

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    1. sure dear, Thanks...I was missing u all a lot !!!I'm so glad to be back :-):-):-)

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  17. nice shots of your surroundings!
    I have a Hungarian fish soup for lunch, soon I will post about it::)
    Have a nic weekend!

    Life and travelling
    Cooking

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  18. hey hon that sure can make anyonedrool...u can send me the link and the pics to dream640@gmail.com.
    The clicks are amazing r u in uk.....ur daughter is gettg taller.......she is beautiful like her mammy

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    1. hey Thanks a ton dear...no dear...I'm in Jersey now...will send u the link with the pics soon :-)

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  19. Congratulations for getting a new home and dslr! Your photo looks great so does this appetizing dish!

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  20. Congrats on the new camera.. Love the pictures u have taken.. Awesome clicks..
    And the dish is very tempting.. My MIL used to make Shark puttu (Shark minced fry)..
    Divya's Culinary Journey
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    1. Thanks dear...glad that u liked it:-) initially I planned to prepare shark puttu,its still on my do list:-)

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  21. I will try this but make it only Ambot and not tikka (some how I am getting very sensitive to pungent things)
    Shark is one of my fav., but unfortunately others at home are not so keen on this fish.

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    1. sure...please do try it out n let me know if u like it :-)

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  22. Yummy Yummy....Beautiful clicks!!!

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  23. This is a very informative post. These days we do need to be more careful with seafood, especially more so if you do not live by the ocean. Your dish looks so inviting with that thick masala sauce-yum!
    Also, looks like you had some fun family fun in the park and I am glad to see you are enjoying your camera! Have a great weekend!

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  24. congrats on ur new Camera.Nice clicks dear.super and delicious curry

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  25. OMG... this is a dream come true for me.... Iam somewhere where there are fish recipes, fish recipes and more of fish recipes.... and each one is so unique and delicious looking and I dunno... pics are awesome and congrats on the camera... Iam following u 100 percent.... and sure will be trying a lot of fish recipes from here.... when I was little, my grandmother used to tell me that she will get me married to a fish monger coz I will never eat anything if fish wasnt there.. yes even if i had to eat banana, I had to have fish by my side...... wink wink...

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    1. hey dear...then I'm surely like you....I'm a huge huge fan of fish....I still remember my childhood days, fish used to be a part of our regular meal !!!my mom used to used to prepare fish daily , just for me :-)

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  26. Great recipe. Also I love the new layout of the blog. Is it the layout? I am not sure something looks different in your blog and it is good. Also now we will see more great pictures from you from your new camera.
    www.thoughtsofpaps.com

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    1. yes...this is the new layout...I have done some code changes...I'm so glad you liked it :-):-):-)

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  27. recipe looks so yum...and nice pic of ur kiddo...Do participate in my Kerala Kitchen event

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  28. Looks delicious! I have never tried shark meat before, though I often see it in the market! The photos are gorgeous and your daughter is adorable!

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  29. you got to be kidding me.. a blog dedicated to fish cooking. my bro will be your biggest fan.. sending ur blog link to hime today

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    1. sure dear, Thanks n please do keep visiting our site !!!

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  30. We too enjoy the shark and I have done something similar like this fish recipe. Looks so delicious and we will drool over for the spicy taste. Lovely pics esp of your daughter.

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    1. Thanks dear...I have added my own variation in this recipe...do let me know if you try it out :-)

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  31. Love all your photos!! Your little girl looks so excited on her ride.
    As usual, your fish curry looks stunning and I'm sure it must be lip smacking good. It's time for me to cook up another one of your recipes:)

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    1. sure dear, giv it a try n let me know how do you like it !!!

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  32. Gorgeous photos! I especially love the one of your daughter...so sweet! Your fish dish looks wonderful...so full of fabulous flavors! Thanks for sharing~

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  33. Wow Sonali...an entire website dedicated for fish!!! absolutely fabulous.. have fun with your new camera!

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  34. Very new dish to me m clicks were awesome...

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  35. Just mouthwatering stuff...lovely recipe along with the beautiful snaps!

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  36. beautiful pictures..lovely color of the dish..I was kind of shocked to read 'shark'! they are kind of endangered! don't you think?!

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    1. I couldn't believe myself when my hubby got it from the asian store :-)I know it's an endangered species , but you won't believe this meat is available in plenty in these stores n popular too !! I was a little worried though at first as there are a lot of assumptions regarding the health benefits of eating shark, but after going through some articles , I found it is safe :-) also I like to try out something different once in a while :-)

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  37. Why I am not getting updates from your blog Sonali? I wonder? :-(
    Anyway Congrats on your new camera...The pics are amazing...so clear I bet soon we will see some amazing shots. Like the header changes that you have made recently. And your daughter is adorable ...Another fab recipe from you...

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    1. Thanks Deeps...I'm so glad u liked my recipe....yes, there might be issues due to the recent domain change, I'll surely look into it !! r u subscribed to my posts via mail or GFC ?

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  38. What a lovely dish! I will eat a lot of rice with this....mmmm. I used to buy shark meat when I was back home. But over here in UK, I have not seen any in the supermarket. How strange! Hope to find it one day. I love it.

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  39. beautiful clicks dear........Shark curry looks mouthwatering........

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  40. Gorgeous color!!I love the spicy flavors going in here and would love to try the same with either Salmon or Atlantic Char!!Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks dear :-) Do let me know if you try it out !!!

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  41. Thanks for visiting my blog. I too love sea food but have never tried shark. Beautiful pics .

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  42. Nice Clicks . your blog looks just Wow !

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  43. Khub bhalo hoyeche. shark and ria's pics.
    looking forward to more of both.

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    1. hey...i'm so glad you visited my space....khub bhalo laglo...majhe maje ese comments dio !!!

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  44. Love Shark fisk. In the south especially in Tamilnade Shark fish is prepared as a special form of diet to lactating mothers..In that way I have enjoyed this fish, very much during that period. I too have different recipe to share with shark.Will post it soon.Have bookmarked this recipe, Will try this soon

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