Sunday, January 31, 2010

Fish Curry - Goan Konkani style - DELICIOUS SHARK CURRY - MORI AMBAT

We had been to Candolim Goa last November on a vacation - visited some truly delightful Konkani restaurants. One small eatery stands in memory with fond rememberence - Kinara restaurant in Ponda - next to the city bus stand.

The food was so truly delicious - fresh sea food - tasy and homely, authentic Konkani fares. We (2 families) did not mind driving 20kms each way from Candolim - 4 times - to have lunch/dinner. Some of the items worth mentioning - Mori Ambat, pomfret / anjal fries, crab malvani style, even the simple Dhodi was magical.

Shark Curry - Mori Ambat

The waiter very graciously agreed to part with their Mori Ambat recipe - which is here below. We tried this today when we had guests - and this was received with a lot of compliments

    Shark Curry - shark cubes
  • 750gms Shark - skin removed, 2" cubed
  • 2 cups coconut - grated
  • 3tsps - coriander seeds
  • 7-8 kokums (or 4tsp tamarind pulp)
  • 1tsp jeera
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp saunf (fennel seeds)
  • 1 tsp - poppy seeds
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1" cinnamon
  • 2 medium sized onions - chopped
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes - chopped
  • 4 tsps - red chilli powder
  • 1/8th of a nutmeg
  • 7-8 black pepper
  • 5 pods garlic
  • 1/2" ginger (half inch ginger)
  • Curry leaves - for seasoning

Shark Curry - Mori Ambat
  1. With a spoon of cooking oil - fry all the spices.
  2. Fry one onion seperately and coconut seperately.
  3. Grind all above items to a fine masala paste - keep this aside.
  4. In a vessel, for about 3-4 minutes, fry the remaining onion, ginger, garlic, fish and kokum.
  5. Finally add the ground masala. Add salt and carefully adjust water - this should be sambar consistency. Bring to a boil - continue cooking till fish is cooked.
  6. The shark should deliciously fatten a bit - you should be able to see the texture of the meat.
  7. Season with the curry leaves.
  8. Enjoy with steaming hot rice.
a. Finish this meal of with some Solkadi - the traditional konkani digestive drink.
b. This curry also tastes great with chapattis.

You may want to try out these other tasty dishes:
a. Delectable Kundapur CHICKEN CURRY

b. Prawn Pepper Fry / Dry - A Kerala-Konkan delicacy

c. Wet Masala Anjal Fish Fry - Konkani Mangalore Style

d. #1 CLAM RECIPE - Kubay / Kubbe / Tisre Sukke - AWESOME CLAM GINGER MASALA

e. Fish Curry Recipe - Mangalore Konkani Style - Ginger and Onion base - Alle Kande Ambat


  1. I love shark curry. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us, I will try it one day.

  2. Hi Shah... shark recipes are my current passion :-) Glad you liked this one. There are another couple shark side dishes I will post shortly.

    Do drop by often...

  3. Never knew Mori was shark....that my in laws loved. We were vegetarians and still struggle to eat fishy smelling or tasting fish! Thanks for making a Konkani recipes site which I am sure today's generation would appreciate.


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