Beef massaman curry

Beef massaman curry

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 10 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Slow-cooked, meltingly tender beef and a sprinkling of crunchy peanuts to finish - it's curry heaven

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

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Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
734
protein
44g
carbs
38g
fat
46g
saturates
21g
fibre
3g
sugar
13g
salt
1.87g

Ingredients

  • 85g unsalted peanuts
  • 400ml can coconut cream
  • 4 tbsp massaman curry paste (we used Bart)
  • 600g stewing beef steak, cut into large chunks
  • 450g waxy potatoes, cut into 2½ cm chunks
  • 1 onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves (available from Thai shops or dried from supermarkets)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 1 tbsp palm or soft light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced, to serve
  • jasmine rice, to serve

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6, then roast the peanuts on a baking tray for 5 mins until golden brown. When cool enough to handle, roughly chop. Reduce oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp coconut cream in a large casserole dish with a lid. Add the curry paste and fry for 1 min, then stir in the beef and fry until well coated and sealed. Stir in the rest of the coconut with half a can of water, the potatoes, onion, lime leaves, cinnamon, tamarind, sugar, fish sauce and most of the peanuts. Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook for 2 hrs in the oven until the beef is tender.
  3. Sprinkle with sliced chilli and the remaining peanuts, then serve straight from the dish with jasmine rice.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2010

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julesoh's picture
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Just made this for the first time and can't wait to make it again - huge success, even with my dad who claims not to like Thai food or coconut-based curries! I used Tesco's own brand Massaman paste and light muscovado sugar. Only had a small can of coconut cream and a can of coconut milk (which was supposed to be used by 2007!) so added both and less water. Didn't need any extra liquid but was cooking it in the hot oven of a two-oven Aga - next time I'll only cook for 1 hr 45 mins, or cook it for longer in the bottom oven. Fantastic recipe! Has anyone tried it with sweet potatoes?

caroline_devitt's picture

Deeeelicious! Easy & quick to prepare :-)

lucyloo2323's picture
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Made this dish for a dinner party, followed the recipe except I used cashews in place of peanuts and coconut milk instead of cream plus I added one green and one red chilli (I like a bit of a kick to my food) got every thing going on the hob then placed in the slow cooker on low for several hours - it was AMAZING!! Everyone loved it, am making it again for me and hubby for valentines evening, there was no need to add any extra liquid, was perfect! Give it a go, you will not be disappointed! 5/5!

Caroline M's picture
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Really delicious and the whole family loved it

markmac234's picture

Just made this, but used coconut milk instead of coconut cream. It was amazing and both myself and my wife have given it 5/5......great dish!

jenny101uk's picture

Great recipe and very easy. I used massaman paste from Chinese supermarket and didn't have the fish sauce but it was delicious and I will definitely be making again. I had to add a little more water towards the end of cooking as it was drying out a little.

wilsonc's picture

This is brilliant! Made it a few times and it always gets rave reviews. I added some dried chilli flakes to the pot as well. I didn't have any kaffir lime leaves so used added some large pieces of lime peel instead. Was really delicious.

gettingon's picture

Fabulous recipe!
I too used coconut milk and also added chopped red chilli to the pot before putting it into the oven.
Definitely make this again, thank you :)

mrsmillar's picture

I first tried this dish when in Thailand for my Honeymoon, and it was my favourite meal of the whole trip. I couldn't wait to make this recipe and it was lovely and enjoyed by all.

Morgause's picture
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Yuuuuuuummmmmm. Used coconut milk instead of cream- healthier but just as delicious. Make sure you use the kaffir lime leaves- they're not an optional addition. They're the main flavour of the dish!

rachykay's picture

Lovely recipe, I cooked it in my slow cooker and the beef was melt in your mouth. Next time will make it a bit spicier.

eleanormayo's picture
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I made a practice batch of this as I needed to make it for 16 people next week. I couldn't get any Kashmir lime leaves so used the zest of 1 lime & added some green beans for the last 10 mins. Was good!

QueenJane2009's picture
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Absolutely yummy and so easy to make.

drjacquismith's picture
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drjacquismith's picture
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This was perfect. Loved by hubby and the two teens. Omitted the peanuts (family hate them) and the chillis at the end. Struggled a bit to find the Massaman paste but Asda did an own brand version which looked a bit watery, but did good! Sceptical about using the coconut cream, but really great result. Will definitely be on my list of regulars.

jackiejg's picture
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This is an excellent recipe that is so easy to throw together and has now become a firm favourite in our house. Highly recommend giving this a go.

tish0584's picture
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Made this for me and the hubby it was amazing, I was getting bored of the usual chicken curry so this was a pleasant change, didn't use the peanuts and although I used the right amount of coconut cream I wish I had used the litttle bit I had left over as well just for a bit more sauce, think i might have put a tad bit too much sugar in too but other half said it was fine.
Will definately be making this again as it was so easy.

riikka78's picture
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Really, really tasty! Perfect

theroyster's picture

I tasted this dish for the first time at a restaurant in Pretoria on a recent trip and it was wonderful. I will be trying this curry out very soon

kathy535's picture
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Husband commented that he would be very happy if he got this in a restaurant so I think that means he liked it! I certainly did. I finished mine off on the hob as it was too watery but everything else was lovely.

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