Massaman Duck recipe | Boxing Day leftover inspiration | THAIKHUN

Gone for something different this year for Christmas? Well, why not use your Christmas dinner leftovers for something different too – Massaman curry!
Don’t fancy cooking? You can dig into our Massaman duck curry and enjoy 40% off food throughout January* when you book in advance here.


  • 100g Massaman curry paste (below, or bought)
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 300g of duck meat
  • 300ml coconut milk
  • 100g white potatoes
  • 100g peeled whole shallots
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 30g cup roasted cashews
  • 50g palm sugar
  • 1 piece (20g) cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce(or to taste)
  • 2 tbsp tamarind paste(or to taste)


Curry paste ingredients*

  • 10 large dried chillies, roasted, soaked and seeded
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns, roasted
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, roasted
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds, roasted
  • 2 cloves, roasted
  • 2 cardamom pods, roasted
  • ½ tsp of shrimp paste
  • ½ tsp powdered nutmeg (not roasted)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Lime skin
  • 1 tsp galangal
  • 1 tbsp coriander roots
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass
  • 50g shallots
  • 2 tbsp garlic

Most ingredients can be found in most supermarkets world food section or in your local Asian supermarket.
If you’re not making the curry paste, skip to 4.

  1. Dry roast the dry spices in a pan on medium heat until fragrant, about 2-4 minutes. It’s best to roast each thing one at a time until fragrant. The chillies should be browned. Roast the shrimp paste wrapped in tin foil for a few minutes too.
  2. Soak the dried chillies until soft, then take out the seeds and finely chop.
  3. Pound the paste in a stone mortar and pestle. Start by grinding up the dried spices until powdered, then set aside. Put the chillies in the mortar and pound until uniformly smashed, then add the rest of the ingredients, starting from hardest and driest and working up to softest at the end. Then add the dried spice powder back in and the shrimp paste. Mix well. If you don’t have a pestle and mortar you can use a food processor to mix together.
  4. Cut the potatoes and onions into bite-sized pieces,
  5. Add the oil to the pan and turn on to medium-high. Fry 4 tablespoons of the curry paste until fragrant, about 3-4 minutes. Keep stirring so it doesn’t burn,
  6. Add the duck pieces. Fry for 2-3 minutes.
  7. In a separate pan, heat the coconut cream slowly and add the palm sugar until melted.
  8. Add the coconut milk and palm sugar into the first pan with the curry paste and mix slowly. Simmer until the oil separates for around 2-3 minutes. You’ll see red oil starting to float to the top.
  9. Add the potatoes, peanuts and onions into the pan. Simmer for a few minutes.
  10. Add the cinnamon, cardamom seeds, bay leaves and mix well.
  11. Simmer and stir for 15-20 minutes until the mixture browns and a good deal of oil comes to the top. If the curry starts to dry, add some water. Add the fish sauce, palm sugar and tamarind paste to your taste at the end.
  12. Serve with jasmine rice.


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