Recipes from Burma: Beh Thar Aloo Sipyan (Duck and Potato Curry)

Recipes from Burma

Beh Thar Aloo Sipyan (Duck and Potato Curry)

Country: Burma
Course: Main
Makes: 4 to 6 servings


  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 small-sized duck, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 small waxy potatoes, peeled & cut into halves
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 whole dried chillies, soaked in hot water
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 cup peanut oil
  • 5/8 cup water


  1. Mix the turmeric with the salt and fish sauce and toss it with the duck. Put it in the fridge and let it marinade for 30 minutes.
  2. Put the onion, garlic and dried chilies in a food processor. Pulse until you have a smooth paste.
  3. Heat the oil over a hot flame and fry the potatoes until they are lightly browned on all sides. Now take them out of the oil and set them aside. Put the duck pieces into the same oil and lightly brown that, too. With a slotted spoon, take the duck out of the pan and set it aside.
  4. Put the onion paste into the oil and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until it turns a rich reddish brown color, which should take 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Add the paprika and cook until fragrant.
  6. Return the duck and potatoes to the pan and add the water. Cover the pot and simmer for 45 to 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. The meat should be tender.