The yogurt marinade in this dish locks in moisture and lends a complementary spicy flavor. The duck is skinned before cooking to reduce fat.

Mark Bittman
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 1992
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • With a sharp knife or poultry shears, remove backbone and wing tips from duck and cut the duck into 4 serving pieces. Cut away the skin and fat.

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  • Mix together yogurt, garlic, ginger, cumin, paprika, 1 teaspoon salt, cardamom and cayenne pepper in a shallow, nonaluminum dish. Add the duck pieces, turning to coat well and marinate, covered, in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours, turning occasionally.

  • About 1/2 hour before serving, heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent and lightly browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Rinse lentils well and add them to the saucepan with turmeric, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, black pepper and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Cover and set aside.

  • Meanwhile, preheat grill or broiler. Remove the duck from the marinade (reserve marinade) and grill on a lightly oiled rack or broil on a rack set over a foil-lined baking sheet. Grill or broil until browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Turn, baste once with reserved marinade and discard marinade. Cook until juices run clear when pierced with a fork, 8 to 10 minutes more.

  • Just before serving, briefly reheat the lentils and serve with the duck.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: The duck can be marinated (Step 1) for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts

320 calories; protein 27g 54% DV; carbohydrates 31.4g 10% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 7.7g 31% DV; sugars 2.5g; fat 9.8g 15% DV; saturated fat 2.6g 13% DV; cholesterol 50.7mg 17% DV; vitamin a iu 115IU 2% DV; vitamin c 2.2mg 4% DV; folate 11.6mcg 3% DV; calcium 44.2mg 4% DV; iron 4.5mg 25% DV; magnesium 16.1mg 6% DV; potassium 636.1mg 18% DV; sodium 112mg 5% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 28% DV.