Saturday, September 11, 2010

Ambul Thiyal

''This is a traditional favorite Sri Lankan Fish Curry''

500g Fish (Tuna or any blood fish)
8 pieces of gokara finely ground
Black pepper powder 2 full tsps
Salt 1tsp (or to taste)
2 cardamom and 2cloves crushed

Wash fish after cutting into convenient pieces, using lime juice or gokara. Drain water.
Mix the ground goraka, pepper, cardamom, cloves and salt well into a paste and apply it well in to the fish pieces taking care not to mash them.
Arrange the fish neatly in a pan that will take a single layer of fish. Add water as to just nearly cover the fish.
Set pan on medium low heat on stove cover with a lid and simmer until the fish is well cooked.
Take the pan with both hands and shake the fish lightly from time to time.
Simmer for nearly 20 minutes with lid on. When the gravy appears to thickens open the lid and simmer further until all the gravy is disappeared and pieces are quite dry.
Serve with rice and curry.


  1. Great work Nihari.One of the best Sri Lankan recipe sites I have ever visited.Wonderful.Thank you I have added a linkof yours to my website.(Under Ambulthiyal)

    Warm regards

    Susil R

  2. it is a nice dish, i have eaten other day that one of my friend got it from Srilanka from his home, please make a video and post on your site so i can learn how to cook this dish because this way i am not understand well.

  3. Thank you for your comments. I will try to make a video and upload. At the time being its difficult to video as the same time I'm cooking. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  4. Thanks a lot Nihari.. it was superb

  5. yepppp... i have cooked it superb...

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    1. She is no more with us Sanketha.. miss her a lot.. :(