Duck Tareko (Crispy Deep-Fried Duck Marinated in Nepali Spices)
- Ready In:
- 1hr 30mins
- 5 -6 lbs whole duck, cleaned and washed
- 1 tablespoon cumin powder
- 1 tablespoon chili paste
- 2 tablespoons ginger paste
- 1 tablespoon garlic paste
- 1 teaspoon ground szechwan pepper (timur)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 2 tablespoons honey
- salt and pepper
- oil (for deep frying)
- In a small bowl, combine cumin, ginger, garlic, timur, nutmeg, half teaspoon of turmeric, salt and pepper; mix well.
- Clean duck; wipe dry.
- Rub duck inside and out with the spice mixture.
- Let rest to marinate for at least eight hours.
- Place marinated duck in a steamer and steam for at least one hour.
- Remove from steamer and let cool down.
- Combine a half teaspoon of turmeric, chili paste, molasses, honey and salt, and smother over the duck, inside and out.
- In a deep fryer heat oil to 360F.
- Dip the steamed duck in frying oil.
- Fry duck, turning periodically, until the duck skin is golden brown and crispy.
- Remove from oil and place on paper towel to absorb excess oil.
- To serve, cut crispy duck into bite-size pieces.
- Serve with rice pilaf, accompanied with mango chutney.
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I tried this recipe & followed it exactly. The molasses combined with honey & spices seems to caramelize not the outside of the duck & burned it somewhat. I don't know is this also negated the effects of the ginger/garlic & spice marinade, which did not come through in flavor at all. Any comments or suggestions? I wonder if this would be better roasted, but in deep frying it, the molasses has too much sugar & will always caramelize & burn.
Oustanding and this was great served along with a rice pilaf as you suggested although I used a different variety of chutney. It was the first time I've tried steaming a duck followed by frying, the steaming left plenty of moisture while letting a lot of fat drain leaving the meat really moist but not fatty inside. The final step of frying left the skin wonderfully crisp.