Polutry – Duck [Hans] Tareko (Nepali Food Recipe)

(Crispy Deep-Fried Duck Marinated in Nepali Spices)


  • 5-6 lb. whole duck, cleaned and washed
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili paste
  • 2 tablespoons ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground timur (Szechwan pepper)
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Oil for deep frying


  • In a small bowl, combine cumin, ginger, garlic, timur, nutmeg, half teaspoon of turmeric, salt and pepper; mix well.
  • Clean duck; wipe dry.
  • Rub duck inside and out with the spice mixture.
  • Let rest to marinate for at least eight hours.
  • Place marinated duck in a steamer and steam for at least one hour.
  • Remove from steamer and let cool down.
  • Combine a half teaspoon of turmeric, chili paste, molasses, honey and salt, and smother over the duck, inside and out.
  • In a deep fryer heat oil to 360oF.
  • Dip the steamed duck in frying oil.
  • Fry duck, turning periodically, until the duck skin is golden brown and crispy.
  • Remove from oil and place on paper towel to absorb excess oil.
  • To serve, cut crispy duck into bite-size pieces.
  • Serve with rice pilaf, accompanied with mango chutney.

Author:Tulsi Regmi