Kuttanadan Duck Roast

I did this post specially for Ria. I'm sure most of you know her and she needs no introduction. She asked me to do a guest post on her blog and its the first time I've got an opportunity to do guest blogging, thanks a ton Ria dear. Am very excited about it :). You can see this post at Ria's place too.

I got this recipe from Beena aunty, my amma's cousin. She took part in a cooking competition conducted by a Malayalam channel. This duck roast was one of her dishes which was very much appreciated by the judges of the competition. I wrote down the recipe at that time, hoping to make it sometime. Finally i got a chance to try out the recipe and I really enjoyed cooking it for the wonderful couple :) One more thing…all those rings & hearts you see in the photo are Ammu's contribution, thanks dear :)

Before going to the recipe, let me wish our lovely bride & groom (Ria & Jobin) a happy & blessed married life!! I would like to quote a few lines from a wedding card, that I got for my wedding. I Liked the lines in that card, hence thought of passing it to them too..

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Kuttanadan Duck Roast by Shyam & Suzette, based on the above recipe. Thanks a lot friends :)

A happy marriage means these things –

sharing little happenings,

togetherness that never ends-

hand in hand,

the best of friends,


a little kiss,

lots of pride in one another,

being honest with each other.

A happy marriage is

love and laughter,

and living happily ever after!!

May your marriage be filled with loads of love & laughter and may you live happily ever after!!

Now about the recipe…When Ria asked me to do the guest post I agreed immediately, even without thinking what will I post. As the days passed by I was getting more and more confused about what to make.

Then one day, I was chatting with my friend who got married recently and she happened to tell me about the “virunnu”. Virunnu kodukkal or rather virunnu (as its popularly known) is an age old tradition that we have in Kerala. Soon after the wedding, the newly weds start getting invitation from their relatives and friends (from both sides) to visit them. Its a time where you get to know the family of your spouse in detail. Not to mention that the highlight of the virunnu is the grand feast prepared by the host for the newlyweds. Each host tries their best to impress the bride & groom with their masterpiece dish :)

Now when my friend mentioned the word virunnu, I suddenly thought about Ria. I was thinking what will be that special dish that I would like to prepare for them. Finally I zeroed in on kuttanadan duck roast. If you are a frequent visitor here at Ria‘s place, am sure you might have noticed her love for Kuttanad or rather her “motherland” ;). So here I am with this Kuttanadan duck roast especially for you. Hope  you both will like it. Let me tell you how happy I am that I could atleast give you a virtual “virunnu”.

Once again wish you both a beautiful married life!

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Here is the recipe:

This recipe has been featured in Twinkl, as part of their Christmas Dinners Around the World series‘. 

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Kuttanadan Duck Roast for Ria…

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala, South Indian
Servings: 4 -5
Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 1/2 kg Duck (measured after cleaning)
  • 1/4 cup Small onion / Pearl onion ( chopped)
  • 1 – 1.5 tsp Ginger & garlic (chopped)
  • 1 – 1.5 tsp Chilly powder
  • 2-3 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 -1.5 tsp Garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper powder
  • 2 tbsp Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Curry leaves
  • Oil & ghee
  • 2 big Onion (sliced finely)

For garnishing

  • 1 small Onion (sliced finely)
  • 1 medium Potato (cut into wedges & boiled)
  • Curry leaves


  • Grind together ingredients from shallots to salt to a fine paste. Marinate the cleaned duck pieces with half of the ground paste. Keep it aside for 1 hour.
  • Heat oil in a pan (you can use a combination of oil & ghee also) and shallow fry the marinated duck pieces till it turns golden brown colour. Keep it aside. In the same oil add the finely sliced onions & cook. When the onion becomes golden brown colour add the remaining half of the ground masala. Fry it till the oil starts appearing. Add 2 cups of boiling water to the onion and masala mix. Combine well.
  • Transfer the fried duck pieces and the onion gravy to a pressure cooker. Cook till the duck is done. The cooking time varies depending on the type of duck (broiler or free range). Once the pressure is gone, open the cooker & cook till the gravy thickens. This curry usually doesn't have much gravy, so you need to cook till the water is almost dried and each piece is thickly coated with the masala. Transfer the duck pieces to a serving dish and garnish with fried onions, potatoes & curry leaves. Serve hot with rice or appam.
  • For garnishing
  • Heat oil/ghee in a pan and fry the boiled potato wedges, remove from pan, In the same oil fry the thinly sliced onions & curry leaves.


I cooked the duck with skin on. Since I used a broiler duck, I cooked it for 5-6 whistles on high flame.
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28 thoughts on “Kuttanadan Duck Roast”

  1. Hello Maria!

    I did this tonight and my husband loved it. Thank you for this recipe.

    Do you have any suggestions on how to suppress or eliminate the odor( the usual duck/raw meat smell) that remains on this dish, I tend to dislike it and hence I do not eat any duck curries.



    • Hi Cindy,

      You are welcome!

      While cleaning the duck, try cleaning it with lemon juice or vinegar and salt. I hope this helps to eliminate the odour..


  2. Hi maria, I tried it and it was very tasty. All my friends enjoyed it. Thank you so much. May god bless you.

  3. Hi Maria,
    I tried out the duck roast and it was awesome all of us relished it. Maria can we do the same without frying the duck pieces.

    • Hi Preethy,

      Thanks a bunch for trying this recipe & also for sharing your comment here :)

      I havent tried this recipe without frying the duck. However I’ve tried a similar chicken recipe & in that I tried cooking the chicken in the oven instead of frying it. May be you can try that or you can just shallow fry this…

      Wish you a wonderful new year!


  4. Nice ! I am definitely going to try this when I’m free. Missing recipes from home and Kerala, especially after moving out of India a while back. Thanks for sharing these.

  5. Hey Maria,

    Happy Easter…Thanks a ton for posting this recipe. I tried it yesterday as Easter special and it just stole the show. Everyone at home liked it so much that it finished before the lunch was over :) . Such a thing never happened before. I have been a regular visitor to this site and love it.

    Thanks again! God Bless!


    Lilu :)

    • Hi Lilu,

      Thank you for your wishes & also for the wonderful comment :). It’s a pleasure to know that this duck roast was enjoyed much by your family. Thanks for trying this recipe dear :) Hope you had a great Easter!

      Best wishes!


  6. hii maria,
    i had make duck roast for easter..it was yummy & delicious..everybody liked it..thank u so much…God Bless you..hope u had a wounderful easter..take care

    • Hi Ramya

      Thanks a lot dear :)

      We celebrated Easter at a friend’s place and we had a very good time. Hope you too had a wonderful Easter.

      Take care…


  7. Awsome photography!!!!!Really appreciate the efforts you have taken for posting in Rea’s site:)

  8. *so happy, thinking of what to say*

    I just hope you know how much means to me at this point of time :) Hope you saw the comment Jobin left for you on my blog :) LOVED the duck roast and thanks for being the perfect host for our virunnu :)


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