Ambotik ( Hot and tangy Goan fish curry)

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Ambotik is actually two words, ambot which means tangy & tik which means spicy in Konkani. So as the name suggests, its a tangy and hot curry, made mostly using fish, shrimps or even calamari. A popular fish of choice for this curry is shark fish. The spice of this curry is well balanced with the tamarind and vinegar which forms the basis for the sour component. Unlike most Goan curries, this doesn’t use coconut at all. So it’s a great option to prepare this if you run out of freshly grated coconut and still want to cook up a delicious Goan meal! It’s best served with Goan boiled rice/ regular steamed rice , sannas ( Goan steamed rice cakes) or even pao ( Goan dinner rolls). Continue reading →

Ghontamchem sansaav (semi ripe mango curry)

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Ghontam means  sweet- sour mangoes & sansaav means mustard seeds in Konkani language. This Goan coconut based mango curry, tempered with mustard seeds and aromatic curry leaves is an amalgam of varied flavors, which I’m sure you will relish with every single bite. It is mildly spiced, tangy and a little sweet, sounds good?? Well it definitely tastes good! Continue reading →

Paneer malai kofta curry ( Indian curry with cottage cheese dumplings)

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I first had this heavenly treat as a kid at a restaurant in my neighborhood and it was probably the best vegetarian dish I have ever savored. I still remember biting into that cottage cheese dumpling, with the nuts and raisins and finally that smooth creamy gravy to finish that delicious bite. Layers of goodness, I say 🙂 Continue reading →

Bendem ani sungtam kodi (Goan Okra and shrimp curry)

Bendem is okra/lady finger, sungtam is prawns/shrimps and kodi is curry in the Konkani language. This  is a simple, delicious and mildly spiced curry, consisting of fresh coconut and aromatic spices, well balanced with the sourness from the tamarind. The addition of okra not only adds a textural element to this dish, but also adds an amazing subtle flavor that cannot be missed ! And the shrimps, so juicy and succulent, after absorbing all those beautiful aromatics! Simply yummmm! If you love okra, then do try out this simple and quick recipe! It’s best paired with Goan red boiled rice, which is supposed to be healthier than the normal white rice, as the red rice is not processed, keeping all the nutrients intact. However, regular rice and bread are great accompaniments too!

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