Massaman Curry

This was my lunch at work recently: massaman curry with rice plus bakery sourdough bread and a black bean brownie. Every lunch should have dessert, right?

Massaman curry is my favorite thing to order at Thai restaurants because I love potatoes and peanuts!

It’s healthier and still convenient to make it at home. This is the first meal I made using the latest curry paste in my refrigerator.

If you want to make this you’ll want to have:

  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 3 – 5 potatoes, cubed or chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 3 Tablespoons peanuts
  • Bouillon, to taste
  • Curry paste, to taste (start with 3 Tablespoons if using homemade)

To cook:

  • Heat oil in large pot or pan
  • Add onion and cook until translucent
  • Add garlic and cook only until fragrant
  • Add potatoes and carrots, stir
  • Immediately add curry paste and coat everything in pan
  • Toss in chickpeas
  • Add water to meet the top of the contents of pan, not too much
  • Add bouillon
  • Simmer until potatoes are tender
  • Add in peanuts

Enjoy with rice if you prefer!

Peace and love,

Kristan

Massaman Curry Paste

Massaman curry is one of my favorite dishes to order from Thai restaurants, and it generally doesn’t contain fish sauce. When I came upon this recipe, I knew I wanted to make this as a change from my previous curry paste.

This recipe was followed almost exactly. I did not use cilantro root, but rather used stems and leaves. Also, I used whatever dried chilies I had that were from a Mexican market which were quite spicy. I happened to find galangal and lemongrass at my co-op, but wasn’t really looking too hard for it. All other ingredients I had on hand, so this was a nice recipe to make this weekend.

When it came time to process in a food processor, I found the concoction was way too thick to properly get to a paste consistency. All I have is a ninja chopper, and I ended up adding probably 1/4 cup of water to thin it out.

This still tastes amazing! I can’t wait to update with a curry I have made with this paste.

Peace and love,

Kristan