thai duck curry

serves 8

6 lbs of fresh duck
6 cups coconut milk
8 dried chilies, soaked
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black peppercorns
2 tsp caraway seeds
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp dried shrimp paste
2 tsp chopped coriander root (or use extra coriander leaves)
1 tbsp finely chopped coriander
2 ½ tbsp finely shredded lemon grass
1 tsp grated lime or lemon peel
2 tbsp minced shallots
2 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
fish sauce
basil leaves

Wash the duck, dry thoroughly and cut into serving pieces. Set aside.

In a deep saucepan or casserole bring the coconut milk to the boil; simmer for 5 minutes. Pour off half and set aside, then simmer the remaining milk for about 15 minutes. Add the duck and simmer 10 minutes.

Drain the chilies and pound to a paste with the salt. Grind the peppercorns, caraway and coriander seeds together and pound with the chilies. Add the dried shrimp paste, cilantro root and leaves, lemon grass and lime and pound to a smooth paste. Stir into the duck and coconut milk, at first adding only half the paste; check the strength before adding the remaining seasoning paste.

Add the reserved coconut milk, a large splash of fish sauce and basil. Simmer until the duck is tender and the sauce is thick and flavorful. Check the seasoning and serve with rice. Unused seasoning paste can be stored for several days in a covered jar in the refrigerator.

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posted by ramtops on 08 Aug 07 - 8644 views


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