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Rice topped with Goan prawn curry and served in a white bowl.

Goan Prawn Curry with Coconut (Ambot Tik)

Goan Prawn Curry with Coconut is a spicy, sour curry that comes from Goa and is also called Ambot Tik. Just serve this with steamed rice and you have a truly satisfying meal!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Goan, Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 Portions
Calories: 268kcal
Author: Richa


For the Prawns

  • 20 Jumbo Prawns or Shrimp cleaned and deveined
  • Enough water to soak the prawns completely

For the ground Masala

  • 8-10 Dried Kashmiri Red Chillies
  • 6 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 teaspoon whole Peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon Whole Coriander Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 Small knob of Tamarind 1 teaspoon Tamarind Paste
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 cup Coconut grated
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk

For the Curry

  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger finely minced
  • 1/2 cup Onions finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Tomatoes finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 8-10 Curry Leaves


  • Start by defrosting prawns. Transfer prawns to a bowl and add enough cold water to soak them properly for 15 minutes. Before using, wash the prawns once or twice in running water and add them to the curry.
  • Grind all the ingredients mentioned under ground masala with coconut milk to a smooth paste and set aside.
  • In a pan, heat coconut oil and add ginger and onions. Saute the onions till they are a light golden brown and add tomatoes. Cook the tomatoes for 5-7 minutes till they break down easily with the back of a spoon.
  • Add the ground masala and salt to the pan and bring it to a boil. Reduce the flame and simmer the masala for 10-15 minutes till the color deepens slightly. Add the defrosted (drain the water) prawns to the gravy and cook them for 7-8 minutes. Sprinkle curry leaves on top, mix well and switch off the flame. Let the curry rest for 5 minutes before serving with steamed rice.



Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 247mg | Potassium: 328mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 496IU | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 4mg