Kuttanadan Tharavu Mappas (kuttanadan Style Duck Curry)
Duck meat is a Syrian Christian's delight and specialty of my community (Syrian Christians). But it is quite commonly cooked in the region of Kuttanad in Allepey district in Kerala than where I grew up (Cochin). Kuttanad is known for its scenic backwaters and houseboats also known as 'kettuvalams'. People relish the pearl spot fish curry and duck curry prepared in these house boats and enjoy these visits. Personally I have never been on the house boat though everyone else in my family has been there. But this recipe of duck curry- it is something we cook for Easter and I guess my mother picked it up from recipe books or friends of hers from the Kuttanad region. Ideally duck should be cooked in a open pan slowly for hours, so that the juices from the meat and gravy cook together to perfection. But this wastes gas and is a long process so I have used the pressure cooker method.