700g/11⁄2lb boneless duck breasts
6 dried red chillies, seeded and
150ml/5fl oz distilled malt vinegar
6 garlic cloves, chopped
2cm/1in piece of fresh root
1 teaspoon crushed mustard seeds
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
• Slice the duck breasts diagonally into 2cm/1in thick slices, and put them
in a shallow non-reactive dish.
• Put the chillies, vinegar, garlic, ginger and mustard seeds in a blender or
food processor, and purée to a smooth paste. Stir the ground coriander,
cumin and turmeric into the paste.
• Pour this spice mixture over the duck slices, and mix until they are evenly
coated. Cover and leave to marinate for 3 hours at room temperature or
overnight in the refrigerator.
• Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan. Remove the duck from the marinade,
reserving the marinade, and add the duck to the pan with the salt. Cook
over a gentle heat for 5 minutes, then pour away any excess fat from the
pan. Add the reserved marinade and 150ml/5fl oz water, and stir well.
Cover and simmer, stirring, for 30 minutes or until the duck is tender.
• Stir in the sugar, increase the heat and cook the vindaloo over a
medium-high heat for 6–8 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent it
sticking. The sauce should be of a thick coating consistency. Serve hot
with basmati rice.