Beef massaman curry

Beef massaman curry

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(77 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 10 mins


Serves 4
Slow-cooked, meltingly tender beef and a sprinkling of crunchy peanuts to finish - it's curry heaven

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal734
  • fat46g
  • saturates21g
  • carbs38g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre3g
  • protein44g
  • salt1.87g
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  • 85g unsalted peanuts
  • 400ml can coconut cream
  • 4 tbsp massaman curry paste (we used Bart)
  • 600g stewing beef steak, cut into large chunks



    Steak is essentially a boneless thick or thin slice of red meat, cut across the grain of a large…

  • 450g waxy potatoes, cut into 2½ cm chunks



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 1 onion, cut into thin wedges



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 4 kaffir lime leaves (available from Thai shops or dried from supermarkets)



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste



    A seed pod from the tamarind tree that is used extensively in South-East Asian and Indian…

  • 1 tbsp palm or soft light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
    Fish sauce

    Fish sauce

    A seasoning often used in Vietnamese and Thai cooking. In Vietnam it is usually made from shrimp…

  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced, to serve
  • jasmine rice, to serve



    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…


  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.

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Comments (88)

Norma. mackey's picture

Easy to make and delicious! Empty plates in our house. Couldn't find tamarind paste so left it out. Still full of flavour!

womansworld's picture

You can get it in Tesco. Not sure if its with the herbs and spices or in the Oriental / Thai ethnic section. I also think you can 'cheap' Indian tamarind paste in that bit

booski's picture

exactly the same problem I had :P could not find the blasted stuff anywhere

womansworld's picture

Tesco ! Start in herbs and spices bit and then try Thai foods bit

Carly A 1984's picture

Having a huge love affair with Thai and have made this dish multiple times and recommend the tamarind paste is left out. This dish has enough depth and flavour and an unnecessary ingredient

dianamin's picture

Delicious. I can't cope with fish sauce so left that out but I can't imagine that made any difference.

lindapalmer1's picture

Delicious curry, made the day before in the slow cooker and it looked after itself. I didn't have any fish sauce, so left out and substituted the tamarind paste with a tblsp of brown sugar mixed with a tblsp lime juice. Ideal for hungry guests.

FoxSticks's picture

This curry is amazing, we've made it a few times and it is very much a favourite in our house now.

AdieOB123's picture

I'm very much a novice chef, would like a bit of advice.
What temperature would you heat up the cream at the beginning of the recipe? As i've read a few comments about the cream curdling.
Also, do you heat it in a casserole dish on the hob? Or use a wok/pan and then transfer to casserole dish to put in oven.

Carly A 1984's picture

I throw all the ingredients apart from the green beans into a slow cooker (coconut milk included) and leave all day stirring very occasionally. 1/2hr before stirring I add the green beans and have never had a problem with the coconut milk curdling so I'm sure if you cooked it on the hob you wouldn't have any issues

wokgirl's picture

I made this and then got called out so it went into the fridge. As I took it out the next day I noticed I had a roll of puff pastry in there as well and I thought why not ? Put a pastry lid on it and this made a really scrumptious massaman pie! I always use the pastes I buy online from ,you know from the aroma that hits you when you open them that you're in for a treat!

elainehayes29's picture

gorgeous curry

Jane of Barrowford's picture

Absolutely yummy!!! Would not put the potatoes in next time though. Easy to make. Left it in the slow cooker while we painted the bedroom :). Great recipe....thanks

julesoh's picture

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

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

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.


Questions (1)

Messymonkey's picture

The recipe says 4 tablespoons of Massaman paste. I've got jars of Bart's but I reckon each jar only has about 2tbsps in. For those using Bart's did you use 2 jars ?? Makes it a pretty expensive dish.

Tips (1)

Zubs's picture

The Kaffir Lime leaves are a key ingredient . Don't substitute it !!