Fish ambul thiyal is a special dish from southern part of Sri Lanka.If we cook it correctly,the dish is with sour & spicy taste.Also it can be kept about  1 week in a clay pot.This is one of the delicious Sri Lankan Fish Recipes.

Sri Lankan Fish Ambul Thiyal
500g fish (Tuna is most suitable)
½ onion – sliced
8 tablespoons black pepper
5 – 6 gamboge (goraka)
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon curry powder
¼ teaspoon turmeric
3-4 sprigs of curry leaves
3-4 Garlic cloves
salt – to taste
About 2-3 cups water (It is depend on the size of the saucepan)


Roast curry powder, chili powder & turmeric until golden brown.

Wash,clean & Cut the fish into pieces and put it into a saucepan.

Grind all other ingredients into a paste including Gamboge (goraka)

Here is a picture of Gamboge.(goraka)
This is very tasty if cook in an earthen or clay pot.
Make a layer of curry leaves on the bottom of the pan.

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Then add few spoons of the mix on top of it.
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Then layer fish pieces without breaking those.
Add the spice mix on top & add remaining water.

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cook the fish in medium heat till the gravy is become so thick or no gravy

Do not stir.If stir,do it carefully without breaking the pieces.
Taste for salt.
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This dish is tasty when it is dried.Means keep the flame until all the gravy is absorbed.
Serve with rice.

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