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Thai Chicken Massaman Curry

An easy and delicious Thai recipe Chicken Massaman Curry! A rich meal prepared in one bowl.

November 2, 2021
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Difficulty Medium
Servings 8 people
Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 35 mins
Total 45 mins



  1. Take a heavy bottom saucepan and heat some vegetable oil in it over medium heat. Now stir the Thai Massaman curry paste for 2 to 3 minutes. Then add the ginger paste, sliced onion, cilantro, and cubed chicken in it and again stir it for another 2 minutes.
  2. Add the tamarind paste, lime juice, cashew paste, coconut milk, Worcestershire sauce, fish sauce, sugar, salt and stir all the ingredients together and let it cook for 5 minutes with an occasional stir.
  3. After 5 minutes add all the remaining ingredients(except the roasted peanuts) into the saucepan, cover it with a lead and let it boil. Cook for at least 20 minutes or until the potatoes become mushy and the chicken pieces are well cooked. At this point taste the dish, and adjust the sweetness, saltiness, and sourness according to your preference.
  4. Add some fresh lime juice and let the Thai Massaman Chicken curry cook for an additional 5 minutes before serving.
  5. Finally, sprinkle chopped roasted peanuts over the curry for a little extra crunch and serve hot with delicious rice dishes.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Chicken Massaman Curry
Serves 8
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22 g28.2%
Sodium 450 mg19.6%
Cholesterol 20 g6.7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Before you start cooking, boil the potatoes for 3-5 minutes. This way, you can be sure that the potatoes are fully cooked.
  • Make sure to heat the vegetable oil over medium heat before adding the Massaman curry paste and ginger paste.
  • While preparing the dish, for the saltiness soy sauce can be used instead of salt.
  • To make the Massaman chicken curry spicier you can add sriracha sauce into the dish.
  • For increasing the flavor of the Massaman Chicken curry, more fish sauce can be added.
  • You can use 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice instead of tamarind paste.
  • Instead of palm sugar or brown sugar, white sugar also can be used to balance the sourness of the Massaman chicken curry.
  • If fresh lime leaves are unavailable then while preparing the chicken curry, bay leaf can be used instead of the lime one.
  • While cooking Massaman chicken curry, instead of cashew paste peanut butter can also be used.
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Chicken Massaman Curry is one of the most popular dishes of Thai cuisine. With its creamy texture, perfect balance of spice and sweet-salty, this recipe is easy to prepare. It is a flavor explosion where the spices of Thai and Indian cuisine come together! If you like to cook and eat Asian food, try this recipe. Bon Appetit.

What Is Massaman Curry?

Massaman curry is a flavor-rich, creamy, sweet, and savory Thai curry, which is considered to be a fusion of Thai and Indian curries. In this curry delight, both the red-style Thai curry paste and Indian whole spices like clove, cardamom, cumin, coriander, and nutmeg are used together to make it spicy and flavourful. Despite this, ingredients like roasted peanuts are also used in Massaman curry to add an extra layer of the richness of flavor and texture as well. There are different types of Massaman curry-like, Thai chicken Massaman curry, vegetable Massaman curry, Lobster Massaman curry, and many more.

Thai Massaman curry, especially the chicken Massaman curry is one of the most flavourful Thai dishes. This creamy curry will feast your taste buds with the right kicky combination of spiciness and sweet-savory flavor with a creamy texture. Though the origin of this chicken delight is the southern region of Thailand, it has a significant influence on Malaysian and Indian cuisine. In chicken massaman curry, Thai bird's eye chile and Indian whole spices are used together, which make it a perfect combination of the best of Thai and Indian cuisine.

How To Make Massaman Curry Paste?

Ingredients for the preparation of Massaman Curry Paste:

  • 12 dried bird's eye chilies
  • 6 whole cardamom pods(only seeds)
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted roasted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 garlic cloves(minced)
  • 4 lime leaves(thinly sliced)
  • 1½inch fresh ginger thinly sliced/Galangal
  • 2 sticks of minced lemongrass
  • 1 tablespoon fresh shrimp paste
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • ⅛ tablespoons freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoon cold coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch of turmeric powder
  • 2 roughly sliced shallots

Direction of preparing massaman curry paste:

  1. Soak the dry chilies in warm water for at least 15 minutes. At the same time, dry roast the whole spices for a minimum of 1 minute, and don't forget to continuously stir it. Crush the cardamom pods with a knife and remove the seeds.
  2. Take a frying pan, heat some vegetable oil, and toss the ginger, shallot, garlic, and chilies for almost 5 minutes, and after that let it cool down.
  3. Put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend it until you get a nice and thick paste. You can store this paste in the refrigerator for almost one month and don't forget to keep it in an airtight container to retain the flavor.

How to Make Vegan Massaman Curry?

Vegan Massaman curry is mainly prepared with tofu, sweet potatoes, potatoes, green beans, mushrooms, carrots, and many other different types of vegetables. These vegetables are cooked into a heavy bottom saucepan with coconut milk, flavor-rich Massaman curry paste, onion, cilantro, lime juice, and roasted peanuts.

What To Serve with Massaman Curry?

Massaman curry is mainly served with different rice dishes like jasmine rice, Basmati rice, Thai basil rice, flavorful coconut rice, or cumin rice. It can also be paired with different types of flatbread like naan or chapati. One can also eat it with rice noodles and cauliflower rice.

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How To Store Thai Massaman Chicken Curry?

To store the Thai Massaman Curry, first, you need to wait until the curry is fully cooled down. Now, put the dish into an air-tight container or zip lock bag and store it in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.

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