Thursday, 22 October 2020

Thai- red duck curry

Red Curry - Duck

Kaeng Phed Ped Yang

The red curry paste is best made at home. It has a base of a few ingredients which can be ground and frozen. You can then add whatever you wish to build up the flavour of your beef, chicken or duck meat. 

While generally meats are used in Red curries a whole fish fried and served can be just as delicious. 














The Red curry paste

10 dry red chillies
2 to 6 bird eye Thai chillie or any other red chillies - Thai chillies are extremely hot
1 tsp salt
Galangal - thumb size or a paste
2 hearts lemon grass - the white part in the root of the stalk
3 red shallots - ground to a pulp
1 pod of garlic
2 roots of the corriander leaf stalk
Zest of a lime
Toast and grind
10 white peppercorns
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp corriander seeds

optionally 1 tbsp of shrimp paste


You will also need
500 ml coconut milk or cream
Kaffir lime leaves
Julienne of red chillies - non spicy
Handful of Thai basil
1 tbsp fish sauce
lime juice
15 lychees

1.5 kg duck breast allowing it to poach and cook in the curry or already roasted and sliced thick. 

In a large wok heat a drop of oil and fry the other half of the paste. Once aromatic add pour in 500 ml of coconut milk or cream, keep stirring and bring it to a boil.
If poaching -add the duck and lower the heat - kaffir lime leaves, slit chillies or large green chillies - capsicum, Thai basil, palm sugar and fish sauce. Allow the duck to cook through. Lastly add the lychees and the roast duck - if using that. Cover and rest for 10 minutes before serving. 

Taste for balance. 
Serve with boiled rice.
Mango salad and papaya salad are great sides. 

Tips

For the beef it is recommended to marinade it in half the paste and add it while frying the paste. You do not include the lychee fruit with beef. 

The lychee fruit should not be cooked but just warm. Resting the duck will keep it moist and allow the flavours to be absorbed. Cut thick (against the grain) slices to serve. 

The colour of the curry will be dependant on the red chillies used. 
The deeper the red, the more traditional the curry!

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Photo courtesy Niloufer Mavalvala



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