Massaman curry is a firm favourite for visitors to Thailand. Such is the popularity of this flavour-packed dish, CNN Travel nominated it as the Number One dish in their 2020 list of “The World’s 50 Best Foods”. If you fancy creating a delicious chicken or beef massaman curry at home, try this recipe from Thai chef, Nawamin Pinpathomrat, aka Dr Boss. And for more Thailand travel and food inspiration from Dr Boss, follow our Master Chef Turns Master Tour Guide series.
For the curry paste
- 1 ½ tsp of coriander seeds
- ½ tsp of cumin seeds
- 4 cloves
- 4 cardamom seeds
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- 10 whole dried red chillies, soaked to soften
- 6 cloves of garlic
- 4 shallots
- 1 stem fresh galangal
- 2 stems of lemongrass
- 1 tsp of kaffir lime rind
- ½ tbs of sea salt flakes
- ½ tbs of white peppercorns
- 1 tbs of shrimp paste
For making the curry
- 500ml can coconut milk
- 2 tbsp massaman curry paste
- 500g stewing beef steak, cut into large chunks or 600g chicken thighs/drumsticks
- 300g small/new potatoes, peeled
- 3 small onion, halved
- 50g roasted peanuts
- 4 kaffir lime leaves (optional); available from Thai shops or dried from supermarkets
- 1 cinnamon stick (optional)
- 4 star anise (optional)
- 1 tbsp palm or soft light brown sugar
- 1 tbsp fish sauce (or 1/2 tbsp salt)
- Steamed jasmine rice, to serve
- Heat 2 tbsp coconut milk in a large pot with a lid. Add the curry paste and fry for 5 min with low heat.
- Then stir-fry in the beef/chicken until well coated and sealed.
- Stir in the rest of the coconut milk. Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook at least 30 minutes for beef/ 15 minutes for chicken until the meat is tender.
- Add the potatoes, onion, lime leaves, cinnamon, sugar, fish sauce and most of the peanuts then let it simmer for another 30 minutes.
- Sprinkle with the remaining peanuts, and then serve with jasmine rice.
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Nawamin (Dr Boss)
MasterChef, Doctor, Scientist
Born and raised in Southern Thailand, Nawamin Pinpathomrat is better known to many in the UK and Ireland as Dr Boss. The Thai man studied for a PhD at Oxford University and charmed viewers with his humour and crab dance on the way to the final of BBC’s MasterChef in 2018. He now works as a doctor in a local hospital in Thailand and still loves to eat, cook and create recipes. Connect with @nawaminboss on social media and follow his travel and food adventures in Thailand.
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