Thai Massaman beef curry is one of the most popular and well-known dishes from Thai cuisine that even has a great global fan base. You might have enjoyed this curry at certain Thai restaurants and it is not difficult to make at home either. So, in this episode, we will bring a mouthwatering Thai Massaman beef curry recipe to accompany your lunch or dinner with a steaming bowl of fluffy rice.

Our Massaman beef curry is special and stands out from ordinary beef stews. This dish incorporates all the subtle flavors of spices, vegetables, and meat that you can’t resist. Let’s get started with our recipe!

The key to a delicious Thai Massaman beef curry is the Massaman paste. With what ingredients this paste is actually made and why is it so full of flavor? We have all the answers to your questions right in this article!

Incredibly Delicious Homemade Thai Massaman Beef Curry Recipe

Our version of Thai Massaman beef curry calls for some time from your cooking as it comes together beautifully like you never expected! And once you try this recipe out, you’ll never want to eat out Massaman from restaurants or run back to your ordinary beef stew.

How To Make Thai Massaman Beef Curry At Home? (A Delicious Recipe From Thai Cuisine)

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  • Spices
  • 8 tbsp 8 Thai Massaman Curry Paste. View Recipe

  • 2 sticks 2 Cinnamon. Buy This

  • 2 2 Bay leaves. Buy This

  • 4 tsp 4 Tamarind paste. Buy This

  • 2 2 Fresh Thai long red chiles (mild red chiles, slivered). Buy This

  • Other Ingredients
  • 2 lb 2 Beef (chuck steak, cut into cubes).

  • 3 cups 3 Thick Coconut milk. Buy This

  • 1 cup 1 Water. Buy This

  • 3 tbsp 3 Canola Oil. Buy This

  • 2 tsp 2 Sea salt. Buy This

  • 1 large 1 Sweet potato (white flesh sweet potato, cut into big chunks). Buy This

  • 1 large 1 Onion (cut into big slices). Buy This

  • 1 cup 1 Roasted Peanuts (unsalted). Buy This

  • 4 tbsp 4 Palm sugar. Buy This

  • 3 tsp 3 Lime juice. Buy This

  • 3 tbsp 3 Fish sauce. Buy This

  • To serve
  • Basmati rice or Jasmine rice. Buy This

  • Chopped Cilantro. Buy This



  • Preparation
  • Start by searing the pieces of beef. Season your beef with two teaspoons of salt and set it aside for at least 5 minutes.
  • In the meantime, add the three tablespoons of oil to the Dutch oven and add the pieces of beef once the pan is heated through.
  • Sear all sides of your beef chunk until nicely brown and you get a crispy coating.
  • Remove the pieces of beef from the pan to another plate.

  • To make the Thai Massaman Beef Curry
  • Keep the flame over medium heat and add one cup of coconut milk to the same pan. Bring the coconut milk to a boil and add the massaman curry paste. Let the curry paste cook with coconut milk for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Once the oils in the coconut milk and the curry paste are bubbling and separated from the spices in the curry paste, add in the seared beef pieces and mix well to coat the curry paste and coconut milk well to the meat.
  • Then stir in the rest of the coconut milk and let everything simmer for another 3 minutes.
  • Now, stir in the water and bring the curry sauce to a boil.
  • Once the sauce is boiling, reduce the flame to medium-low heat and add in the sweet potatoes, cinnamon, bay leaves, onion, slivered chiles, fish sauce, and tamarind paste. Mix very well to combine everything.
  • Cover the lid of your Dutch oven and let your beef Massaman curry cook for another one hour.
  • After one hour, insert a fork into a piece of sweet potato and check if they are cooked nice and tender. If the fork inserts the piece of sweet potato effortlessly, add in the lime juice and mix well.
  • Check the taste of your beef Massaman curry and adjust the seasonings at this point if required. You can add more fish sauce, tamarind paste, or sugar to balance out the taste if needed.
  • Switch off the flame and let your curry sit for at least ten more minutes before serving.
  • Serve warm alongside Basmati rice or Jasmine rice. Top the curry with chopped cilantro when serving if preferred.

Tasty Tips and Suggestions by SpiceRally

  • You can also use beef short ribs if preferred. Choose bone-in or boneless beef short ribs depending on your choice. If you choose bone-in beef short ribs, you can pull apart the bones after the beef is cooked. However, bones can add more flavor to the curry.
  • Include more vegetables as you like. You can use carrots, squash, and pumpkin if you like.
  • We have used white flesh sweet potatoes in our recipe as the flavor and texture of this vegetable pair well with the richness of the beef. But if you don’t like sweet potatoes, you can use Yukon Gold potatoes or Russet potatoes depending on what you could find.
  • Stir in a tablespoon of freshly squeezed orange juice while you add the lime juice for an extra punch of flavor.
  • Leave out the Thai red chiles if you don’t like the heat it gives. Instead, you can add some hot paprika or cayenne pepper powder.
  • You can also add the peanuts at the end of the cooking process if you need to leave the crunchiness of the peanuts. Adding them to the vegetables and cooking them for an hour will give them a smooth, concentrated taste that blends with the curry.

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Is This Thai Massaman Beef Curry Keto-friendly?

We have included beef chuck steak in our recipe which is a lean protein and great for those who follow a ketogenic diet plan. And, most other major ingredients used in this recipe are safe to consume by keto dieters.
However, since we have used sweet potatoes in the dish, we recommend you eat a lesser amount or skip the sweet potatoes completely if you are on a rigorous keto diet. Enjoy the curry with zucchini noodles or alone as a great meal!

Is This Thai Massaman Beef Curry Gluten-free?

Our recipe is gluten-friendly because we have not used any gluten-related ingredients even in our Thai Massaman curry paste. Therefore, if you’re sensitive to gluten or teaching a gluten-free diet plan, you should be mindful to choose a gluten-free Massaman curry paste if you’re buying it from the store.

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