Beef Massaman Curry

Massaman Curry is probably one of the most popular Thai dishes amongst westerners, along with Green Curry & Pad Thai, it’s most defiantly up there! One of our close friends always asks Dear to cook him a Massaman curry, I think he enjoys massaman as much as I do ^_^

Beef Massaman Curry

Thai Massaman paste is made with a wide range of ingredients including chilli’s, shallots, garlic, lemongrass, salt, galanga, shrimp paste, coriander seeds… it’s time consuming making the paste from scratch, we’ve found a store brought paste that does the job and has a real authentic Thai taste, Mae Ploy massaman paste is what we’ve used in this massaman recipe.

Thai Massaman does take a while to cook, about an hour, possibly more, there’s not much preparation to do though ☺


We hope you enjoy our recipe, we would love to know how you got on, or stuck with something? Let us know in the comment box below.

Beef Massaman Curry
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Thai
Serves: ¾
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower oil (vegetable oil)
  • 4 potatoes (cut into chunks of 4 per potato)
  • ½ onion (uncut)
  • ½ a cinnamon stick
  • 2 Star aniseeds
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 4 Cloves
  • Mae Ploy Massaman Curry paste (3 tablespoons)
  • Beef (3 steaks) long strips
  • Coconut milk (400ml)
  • 1 teaspoon Tamarind sauce
  • Teaspoon coconut oil (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar
  1. ) Heat the sunflower oil in a frying pan on a medium heat. Add the massaman paste, and cook gently for 2-3 minutes and you will get a nice massaman curry smell, this indicates the curry is finished warming up. Put the pan to one side.
  2. ) Take a big pan and place the top half of the coconut milk (un-separated) into the pan, with a medium heat, add the masaman paste, and stir to boil. When you see the oil come to the surface of the curry, add the rest of the coconut milk in.
  3. ) Place two bowls of water to the pan & add the salt, cinnamon, cloves, star aniseeds, half onion & bay leafs, stirring occasionally bring to the boil.
  4. ) When the potatoes are done place the beef into the curry, also add the sugar & tamarind sauce, whilst turning the heat on a low to medium setting. Stirring occasionally, wait until the beef is done & serve with Thai jasmine rice.



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