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  1. 1 teaspoon cumin seed

  2. 1 teaspoon coriander

  3. 1 teaspoon black pepper

  4. 1/2 cup sliced shallots

  5. 4 tablespoons, chopped garlic

  6. 1/4 cup lemon grass , finely chopped

  7. 2 tablespoons galangal , finely chopped

  8. 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, chopped

  9. 8 Thai bird chiles, soaked in hot water for 15 minutes and pureed

  10. 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  11. 2 limes, juiced

  12. 1 teaspoon shrimp paste

  13. 4 duck legs Salt and pepper, to taste

  14. 1 cup onion , chopped

  15. 1 cup red curry paste

  16. 6 ounces coconut milk

  17. 3 cups cooked short grain rice

  18. 1/2 cup sliced scallion greens

  19. 1/4 cup red bell pepper, thinly sliced

  20. 4 (6 by 6-inch) pieces banana leaves Salt and pepper, to taste CORN SALSA

  21. 1 1/2 cups grilled fresh corn kernels

  22. 1/2 cup red onions, julienned

  23. 1 cup green papaya , julienned

  24. 1 cup tomatoes, cut in small dice

  25. 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

  26. 4 limes, juiced

  27. 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  28. 1 teaspoon ground cumin Salt and pepper, to taste

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  1. In a small saute pan, dry roast the cumin, coriander, and pepper until fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes and then grind into a powder. In a food processor , puree the shallots, garlic, lemon grass, galangal, and cilantro . Add the pureed chiles, tomato paste, lime juice, shrimp paste, ground spices , and blend until smooth. In a heavy bottomed pot over high heat, season the duck legs with salt and pepper and sear until golden brown. Remove the duck legs and using the same pot, saute the onions until they are translucent. Add the curry paste to the onions and cook over medium heat for 4 minutes. Add the coconut milk and simmer for another 2 minutes. Return the duck legs to the pot and fill with enough water to just cover the duck. Bring to a simmer and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until the meat falls off the bone. Remove from heat and when cool, pick all of the meat off the bones and add only the meat to the remaining broth . In a large mixing bowl, combine the duck broth, rice, scallions, and red bell pepper. Season with the salt and pepper. Lay a banana leaf shiny side down, and place about 1 cup of the rice mixture in the center of the leaf. Fold the ends over the rice to form a sealed packed. Continue making the tamales. Using a wok or a double boiler , steam the tamales until the rice is very hot, about 10 to 15 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, combine the corn, red onion, papaya, tomatoes , cilantro, lime juice, fish sauce, cumin , salt and pepper. Allow the mixture to sit for about 1 hour for the lime juice to soften the papaya. TAMARIND GLAZE: 1 cup tamarind paste 1/4 cup sliced shallots 2 tablespoons garlic, chopped 1/2 cup lemon grass, sliced 2 Kaffir lime leaves 2 Thai bird chiles 1/2 cup crushed rock sugar 1 tablespoon whole cumin seed, toasted 2 quarts chicken stock or water Salt and pepper, to taste In a medium, non-reactive pot, combine the tamarind paste, shallots, garlic , lemon grass, Kaffir lime leaves, Thai bird chiles, rock sugar , cumin seed, water, salt and pepper. Simmer lightly for about one hour until the glaze is thick and syrupy. Strain and season with salt. DUCK BREAST 4 (6 1/2-ounce) duck breasts 1 cup tamarind glaze Salt and pepper, to taste Using a sharp knife, score the duck skin, in half- inch intervals. Season the duck with the salt and pepper and place skin side down on a hot grill . Be careful of the errant flames that may flare up. Continuously brush the duck with the tamarind glaze as it cooks. Flip the duck when the skin is very golden and continue to brush with the glaze . Cook for about 7 minutes more for medium rare. Allow the duck to rest for 3 minutes before slicing. GARNISH : Red corn tortillas Canola oil , for frying 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup sliced scallions Using a sharp knife, cut the tortilla into thin strips. Fill a fryer or medium heavy pot 1/3 full with oil and heat over high heat to 350 degrees. Add the tortillas and fry until crispy. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with the cumin and salt. PLATING Place a hot tamale on each plate and make a cut down the center. Squeeze the 2 sides together, like you would to a baked potato . Thinly slice each duck breast and fan it out, skin side up, around each tamale . Place a mound of the salsa in the center between the duck and tamale, and top with the tortilla. Drizzle some of the remaining glaze around the plate and sprinkle with the sliced scallions. Wine suggestion: Bedford Thompson Cabernet Franc 1995

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