Authentic Massaman Curry Recipe: A Thai Comfort Food That Will Warm Your Soul

This homemade Massaman Curry recipe is easy to make and bursting with flavor. Follow our step-by-step guide and create a tasty dish to impress your friends and family.

If you’re a fan of Thai cuisine, you’ve probably tasted Massaman Curry. This traditional Thai dish is known for its fragrant aroma, tender chunks of meat, and deliciously creamy sauce. Made with a blend of aromatic spices, peanuts, coconut milk, and tender meat, Massaman Curry is a comforting and flavorful dish that’s perfect for any occasion. In this recipe, we’ll show you how to make authentic Massaman Curry from scratch, with easy-to-follow steps and helpful tips.


  • 2 lbs beef chuck, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp Massaman Curry paste
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 2 tbsp palm sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened.
  2. Add the beef and cook until browned on all sides.
  3. Add the Massaman Curry paste and stir to coat the beef.
  4. Pour in the coconut milk and bring the mixture to a boil.
  5. Add the potatoes, peanuts, fish sauce, tamarind paste, palm sugar, cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, cloves, and bay leaves.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2-3 hours or until the beef is tender and the sauce has thickened.
  7. Season with salt to taste.
  8. Serve with steamed rice.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Make sure to brown the beef well before adding the curry paste. This will give the dish a deeper and richer flavor.
  • Don’t skip the fish sauce, tamarind paste, or palm sugar. These ingredients add unique and essential flavors to the dish.
  • If you prefer a milder curry, reduce the amount of Massaman Curry paste you use.
  • You can also use chicken, lamb, or tofu instead of beef for a different variation.

Making Massaman Curry from scratch is easy and rewarding. With just a few key ingredients and spices, you can create a delicious and satisfying dish that’s sure to impress. Try this recipe for yourself and enjoy the flavors of Thailand in your own home.

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