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Tamarind duck



Tamarind duck

This lip-puckeringly sweet and sour tamarind sauce cuts through the richness of fried duck br3asts. Serve this easy curry with rice or roti.





  1. For the tamarind curry sauce, heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a medium non-stick frying pan and fry the onion, garlic and ginger over a low heat for 8 minutes, or until well softened, stirring regularly.

  2. Add the rest of the oil, chilli, garam masala and turmeric. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, then add the tomato purée, tamarind paste (or purée), salt and sugar. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring. Add 200ml/7fl oz of cold water and bring to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Transfer the mixture to a heatproof jug and blend with a stick blender until smooth. (You can also leave to cool a little and then transfer to a food processor or blender and blitz until smooth.) Adjust the seasoning to taste, adding a little more salt if needed. Set aside.

  4. For the duck, heat the oil in a clean non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat. Season the duck with a little flaked sea salt and add to the pan. Stir-fry for 2–3 minutes, or until lightly coloured on all sides. Add the sauce to the duck and bring to a simmer. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Scatter the spring onion over and serve.



Tamarind duck

Tamarind duck


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