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Thai Massaman Duck Curry

Updated: Apr 6, 2022

Benefits: Loads!

There is a cheat option here, you can make the paste or you can buy it from the supermarket. I’ve done both! Here’s the paste recipe, would recommend making this first, my recipe makes 4 portions.

4 cloves

5 cardamom pods (but only need the seeds)

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 star anise

1 tsp peppercorns

½ tsp ground cinnamon

2 red chillies, chopped

2 tbsp oil

Handful of peanuts

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 kafir lime leaves, crumbled

2 tbsp ginger, grated

2 lemongrass stalks, finely chopped

1 tsp thai shrimp paste

2 tbsp fish sauce

½ tsp ground nutmeg

2 tbsp brown sugar

All the above need to be ground into a paste, either in a blender or traditionally with a pestle and mortar, add some water to make the paste the right consistency. Now move on to the next part of the recipe:

1 tbsp olive oil

2 red onions, finely sliced

4 duck breasts, with skin on

2 red chillies

300 ml stock, veg, beef or chicken works

1 can coconut milk

Any veg you want to add, I added spring greens, bean sprouts and green beans

So, heat the oil in your wok or large sauté/frying pan, and once sizzling add the duck breasts and sear the meat, approx 5-8 minutes each side, don’t keep the heat on full though. Once seared remove from pan, then add the red onions to the duck fat left in the pan and keep at a moderate temp to soften the onions and colour slightly.

Now add the massaman paste made earlier and mix with the onions and cook for 2 minutes tops. Then add the coconut milk and stock and make sure the paste is combined well. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 minutes, add the sliced duck breast, red chillies and simmer for another 20-25 minutes, make sure the consistency isn’t too runny or congealed. Add more water if needed. About 5 minutes before the end add all your veggies, good to bulk out, but means you get more nutrients too.

You can garnish with basil or a dollop of yoghurt if you want

Again, you can serve with or without carbs; such as brown rice, Thai fragrant rice or try something different, let your imagination flow or your cupboard stock dictate xx

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