This is a Kerala style duck curry. I do not know how many out there like duck recipes. Duck is not so popular in our region so my mother does not make this often. I used to have duck when I visit my aunts house and after wedding my mother- in- law makes duck sometime. My husband loves duck as much as chicken. This curry is spicy with the distinctive aroma of black pepper.Appam and duck curry is a wonderful combo. You can also have it with bread or rice.
Duck- 1 kg
Crushed shallots/pearl onions- 2 cup
Potato- 2 small
Ginger- 2 inch thick 2 piece
Garlic- 10- 12 pods
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp (optional)
Coriender powder- 2 tbs
Pepper powder- 1 tbs
( add according to your taste)
Garam masala- 1 1/3 tsp
Thin coconut milk- 1 1/2 cup
Thick coconut milk- 1 cup
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves-2 springs
Clean the duck and cut into pieces (you can clean by rubbing the whole duck with rice flour and salt). Kuttanadu duck curry is made with skin on. But if you do not like it remove the skin and trim off the excess fat.
Mix coriander powder,turmeric powder, chilly powder and salt with the duck and marinate it for about half an hour.
Finely chop or crush shallots with a mortar and pestle and keep aside
In the same way crush garlic,ginger, green chilly and two springs of curry leaves and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. Let it splutter and then add a few curry leaves and crushed shallots. saute till golden brown. Next add the crushed garlic,ginger,crushed curry leaves and green chillies and saute till the raw flavor disappears. Add the marinated duck and keep on turning and mixing till the meat changes color for abut three to four minutes. Cover and cook in medium flame. Water and fat will start oozing and the duck will get cooked. If you wish you can transfer into pressure cooker and cook for three to four whistles.When the duck is half done add potatoes and when 3/4 done add in thin coconut milk, pepper powder and garam masala. Cook and allow the gravy to thicken and finally add thick coconut milk. Simmer for another two minutes and switch off the flame. Serve with appam, bread or rice.
Hope you will all enjoy!