Thai Massaman Curry with Beef

Thai Massaman Curry with Beef

  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hr 40 min
  • Total: 2 hr
  • Serving: Serves 4

A wonderful and classic Thai dish with beef, coconut and peanuts. Serve with spring rolls for a complete Thai meal.


  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons massaman curry paste
  • 1 pound beef flank or rump steak, cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 1-2/3 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 3 potatoes cut into 2-1/2inch pieces
  • 3/4 inch piece of ginger shredded
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons palm sugar
  • 2/3 cup salted peanuts, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind puree


  1. Place the cinnamon stick and cloves in a wok and cook for about 2 minutes over low heat until fragrant. Remove from pan.
  2. Increase the heat to medium, add the oil to the wok and fry the massaman paste for 2 minutes.
  3. Mix in the beef and fry for 6 minutes, then add the coconut milk, stock, potatoes, ginger, fish sauce, palm sugar, 3/4 of the roasted peanuts, tamarind puree and the dry fried spices. Mix the ingredients well and simmer over low heat for 1-1/2 hours.
  4. Ladle the mixture into bowls and garnish with the remaining peanuts. Serve immediately.


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