Massaman Curry With Chicken

Massaman, also spelled as « Matsaman » or « Musulman », is a type of Thai curry that is believed to have originated from Muslim communities in southern Thailand. The dish features a rich and aromatic blend of spices such as cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg, which are combined with coconut milk, peanuts, and a protein source like chicken, beef, or lamb. Massaman curry is known for its slightly sweet and savory flavor profile, which is often balanced with a touch of sourness from tamarind paste. It’s typically served with steamed rice and is considered one of the more mild Thai curries, making it a popular choice for those who are new to Thai cuisine.


2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp massaman curry paste
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 can (14 oz) coconut milk
1 cup chicken broth
1 large potato, peeled and cut into chunks
1 large carrot, peeled and cut into chunks
1 onion, peeled and cut into chunks
1/2 cup roasted peanuts
2 tbsp tamarind paste
2 tbsp palm sugar
2 tbsp fish sauce
Salt, to taste


Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot or wok over medium heat. Add the massaman curry paste and cook, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant.

Add the chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is browned on all sides.

Pour in the coconut milk and chicken broth and stir to combine. Add the potato, carrot, onion, peanuts, tamarind paste, palm sugar, and fish sauce. Stir to combine.

Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 25-30 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and the chicken is cooked through. Add salt to taste.

Serve hot with steamed rice.

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