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Sri Lankan: Fish Ambul Thiyal



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Ambul Thiyal is a popular dish made in Sri Lankan homes. The dish mainly has a dried fish curry with a sour taste. It can be stored for a few days at room temperature without getting spoilt. Goraka, which is responsible for the sour flavor in the dish, also helps to preserve the fish.

Fish Ambul Thiyal Recipe:


1 lb firm fish like tuna cut into 1" pieces
1 tsp tamarind paste
1/4 cup vinegar
1 med onion chopped
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1/2 tsp salt
6-8 curry leaves
1 piece lemon grass
1" piece cinnamon
1/4 tsp fenugreek seed
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1 1/2 cups water
2 tsp oil


·       Wash and dry the fish on paper towels.

·       Soak the tamarind in vinegar until soft.

·       Mix well and ensure that there are no lumps.

·       Put all ingredients into a pan and mix well.

·       Keep for 45 mins. Bring to a boil.

·       Reduce heat and uncover the pan until the fish is cooked and gravy is thick.

·       Shake pan and turn the fish carefully twice during cooking.

·       Serve with white rice.

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