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Kerala Duck Roast

Kerala Duck roast is very authentic recipe, a distinctive tradition passed down by generations. It is a specialty of Syrian christian families in Kerala and is part of their cuisine on all special occasions including marriages and feasts, and Christmas dinner and New year. It goes well with appam, puttu, idiyappam, rice and chappatis. There are different variations in making duck roast. In regions like Kuttanadu it is made with the skin on and is fried in its own fat and seventy percent of the cooking is done without adding water. But here I took off the skin and removed the excess fat. I attempted this traditional recipe after I read much of this duck roast. I am not a great duck lover but this came out good and my family enjoyed.

Duck - 2 lb
Shallots- 1/2 cup
Onions sliced- 2
Ginger- 2 inch
Garlic- 8-10
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Crushed chilly flakes- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 2 tsp
Fennel seeds- 1/2 tsp
pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Vinegar- 2 tsp  
Gram Masala- 2 tsp
Curry leaves- 2 springs
Potatoes sliced -2medium
Oil for frying
Salt to taste.

Cut shallots and chop onions into thin slices. Roast fennel,pepper, turmeric,chilly powder and coriander powder till aromatic and make a fine paste along with ginger and garlic.
Clean the duck and cut into pieces (you can clean by rubbing the whole duck with rice flour and salt)
marinate the duck with the grind-ed paste, garam masala and vinegar. Keep aside for about an hour and cook it till done in a closed pot or pressure cook. Duck will take longer time to cook than chicken.
Heat oil in a pan and fry potatoes ( I used frozen french fries ;) it was easy) and keep aside. Fry onions and length wise slitted dry chilly and curry leaves till crispy and keep aside. In the same pan place the cooked duck and gently roast them and slowly turning it upside down. Remove them from the pan. Simmer the gravy that will be left behind in the pot in which we cooked the duck. When it gets a thick consistency place back the duck and allow it to get coated and drop in the onions as well. Serve with fried potatoes ( or carrots, cabbage). 

Try this...

Hope you will all enjoy!!


  1. Duck roast looks delectable Suja..You said it dear..ethillatha oru syrian kalyanam polum kanilla natill..Yummy yumm..

    Kirali sisters

  2. suja da superb ..
    we are not that grt fan of duck..never tried this duck roast..but this picture makes me to try it atleast one..really delicious one suj.
    which brand u bought for this preparation.i can see so many varieties..if u don't mind pls let me know.

  3. That's so true..but I haven't tried this at home yet..looks so delish !

  4. thats a yummy dish suja..i dont eat duck but can say its a awesome treat for non veg eaters

  5. WOW!! It looks so spicy and delicious! Njan tharavu curry mathrame kazhichittullu, this roast looks very tempting..

  6. I have never tried out duck... this looks really spicy and yummy...

  7. I have never tried duck yet...sounds so good Suja...your fry looks so tempting :)

  8. I dont eat duck but would love try this out with chicken as the recipe is really nice...and thanks for sharing suja,happy mothers day

  9. Never tasted duck but looks so yummy and beautiful click as well...

  10. Suja I loved your blog :) I haven't tasted duck but ur pic looks very inviting..perhaps I should give it a try.

  11. Thanks dear friends for your lovely comments
    @ pranis..i am so sorry dear..i don't exactly remember whether it is Crescent or Wellesely..I brought it from BJ's...

  12. Shahana, life is beautiful and Hari Chandana..welcome to my blog...
    So happy to see you all visit often

  13. Duck curry makes me it:) You have done it perfectly. wanna buy duck now:)

  14. Looks amazing! True I have seen this in weddings in kerala.

  15. Thanks ..nice one

  16. Hi Suja,
    Duck roast kandittu kothiyakunnuu...visannittu vayya..its 4'O clock..

    nice presentation.


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