Duck Gravy / Vaathu Masala for Briyani


Apart from being posting few Duck curries, this time again a different one but a very special prepared for my special one (my friend) for his birthday. Here I am not going to use the word as usual but very special gravy which is perfect for Briyani or any variety rice and pulav. Let us move on to the recipe…

Duck Gravy / Vaathu Masala for Briyani

Duck Gravy / Vaathu Masala for Briyani


  • Duck meat – 500 gm
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Split blackgram – ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves – two strands
  • Red chilies – 2 nos (pinched)
  • Onions – 2 nos (medium sized)
  • Tomato – 1 ½ nos (medium sized)
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Coconut pieces – 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Ginger – 1 “ inch stick
  • Garlic – 4 cloves
  • Gingelly / Sesame oil – 3 tsp


  • Finely chop the onions and tomatoes. Clean and the chop the duck meat into medium pieces.
  • Marinate the duck meat with chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt for half an hour.
  • Crush ginger and garlic using mortar and pestle.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add mustard, split black gram, red chilies and curry leaves. Wait till they crackle.
  • Grind the coconut and cumin seeds into fine paste by adding little water. Keep it aside.
  • Add in the onions, crushed garlic and ginger. Cook till they turn golden brown.
  • Add in the tomatoes and cook till they turn mushy.
  • Pour in the coconut paste and cook till the raw smell goes off.
  • Add in the duck meat and cook till the meat dark in color.
  • Pour in two cups of water and wait till it boils.
  • Cover the pressure cooker and wait for 5 whistles.

Serve hot with any briyani’s, pulav and variety rice.

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