Massaman Curry with Beef (Kaeng Masaman Nuea)

Massaman Curry with Beef (Kaeng Masaman Nuea)

The Massaman Curry is one of the popular currys in Thailand. This mild and creamy curry is is a dish that is mainly served in South Thailand. It is commonly made with beef, coconut milk, potatoes and peanuts. You can also use chicken for this recipe. Massaman is not a native Thai word. It is generally thought to refer to the Muslims, with earlier writers from the mid-19th century calling the dish “Mussulman curry”.

All you need ist time

Next to the ingredients all you need to cook this curry is time. The beef should be slowly cooked so it becomes tender, soft, and will melt in your mouth.


lactose free meat

600 g stewing beef, diced
400 ml coconut milk
3 tbs Massaman Curry Paste
10 green cardamom seeds
2 cinnamon sticks
3 star anise
8 shallots
150 ml water
2 tbs fish sauce
1 potato, peeled and diced
1 tbs tamarind paste
2 tbs palm sugar
4 tbs roasted peanuts
2 tbs peanut oil
Fresh Thai basil leaves

First mix beef dice with 1 tbs peanut oil and Massaman Curry Paste. Stir well and set aside.

In a large pot, heat remaining oil over medium heat. Add cardamom, cinnamon and star anise and stir fry for 1 minute. Add shallots and fry until golden brown.

Now add marinated beef dice and stir fry for 1-2 minutes. Deglaze with coconut milk and add fish sauce and water until the beef is just covered by the liquid. Stir well and bring to the boil. When it is boiling, reduce heat to very low and cover the pot. Now simmer curry for 1 hour.

After 1 hour add potatoes, half of the peanuts and also half of the basil leaves and stir well. Simmer for another 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Remove curry from the heat and stir in palm sugar, tamarind juice and remaining basil. Season with fish sauce and serve the Massaman Curry with the remaining peanuts next to steamed rice.

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