nadan tharavu curry

Kerala Duck Curry- Nadan Tharavu Curry

Kerala Duck Curry- Nadan Tharavu Curry is a spicy, tangy curry with the flavour of coconut milk. The recipe with step by step cooking pictures follows

duck curry

Duck is a staple in the backwaters in the Indian state of Kerala. Duck Curry/Tharavu Curry is very popular authentic recipe in Kerala, especially South India. Actually I have got this recipe from a excellent houseboat trip, in Kerala backwaters, Vembanad. We had a pleasure of having a day trip on a houseboat on the backwaters of Kerala few months ago. The houseboat crew conducted a very good Kerala meal for us, with karimeen fry, Duck Curry, kappa/tapioca and fish. Today I am posting the recipe of duck curry, the recipe which I got from houseboat. I have made some changes of my own.

Tharavu Curry

This curry goes well with rice or tapioca/ Kappa.  This spice rich duck curry have different variations in style of making. In Kerala especially Kuttanadu it is made with the skin. I prepared this duck curry as our Christmas dish along with palappam. 

Kerala Duck CURRY

Kerala Duck Curry- Nadan Tharavu Curry

Heat a wide deep bottom sauce pan with coconut oil,add in mustard seeds and allow it to splutter.


Add in sliced onions, then add turmeric powder, salt and vinegar. Saute for 5 mins or until onions starts soft and transparent.


Now add in crushed ginger and garlic and combine well.Stir and saute for 2 mins.


Now add tomatoes and green chillies, saute until tomatoes turn mushy.


Add kashmiri chilly powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and pepper powder. Combine well and the flame should be on low. 


Add semi thick coconut milk and allow it to boil.


Add in the duck meat and salt, mix well. Cover pan and cook over medium low heat for 35-45 minutes.


When the duck meat is fully cooked, add in thick coconut milk. Stir and simmer for a minute .


Now its ready to serve.


Enjoy!! Happy Cooking.

Duck curry kerala style

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