Friday, January 24, 2014

Lamb Massaman Curry

Thai cooking and Thai cuisine for this lady? I quite know it all actually due to me and my cooking expertise and me having travelled around Thailand in a good bit. But I must confess I have never ever made Massaman Curry before. Of course there is always a first time and it all began by me peeping into a couple of recipe books and then, deciding on which ingredients will raise alongside each other in tandem for the big bold Thai profound tastes (Thai Tomato Soup, Thai Crispy Fish, Shrimp Pad Thai, Thai Yellow Curry, Thai Fish Noodle Soup, Thai Green Curry & Tom Yum Fried Rice). But considering that beef is generally the meat choice for Massaman Curry, I had to look for an alternative and lamb couldn't be by far the better or best. After all it's not mutton (Nepalese Mutton Curry), it has to be lamb for us (Lamb Spaghetti, Lamb Rogan Josh, Lamb Kofta Curry, Lamb Fried Rice, Malaysian Lamb Stew & Lamb Pho). Lamb Massaman Curry? A must try aromatic, peppery, spicy and delicious till its last drop, another from the Thai curry family tree.

500g lamb (or beef)
2 potatoes - remove skin and cut into chunks 
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp lime juice
1/2 cup thick coconut milk
1/2 cup oil 
Salt for taste (sparingly please because fish sauce is already salty)

For the curry paste (blend/process to a thick paste)
5-6 dried red chillies
1 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp cumin seeds
3 cloves
3 cardamoms (only the seeds) 
1/2 inch roasted belacan/shrimp paste
1/2 inch galangal/lengkuas
2-3 sprigs coriander leaves (cut off roots, but including the stems) 
1 lemongrass/serai
5 shallots
5 garlic
1/2 tsp lime rind

In the heated oil, fry curry paste till aromatic and oil splits.
Add bay leaves and lamb.
Pour 1/2 liter of water (more if you like)
Stir and simmer till lamb is half cooked.
Add potatoes and season with salt.
Continue to simmer till potatoes and lamb are tender and soft.
Pour in fish sauce, lime juice and coconut milk.
Gently stir and remove from heat.


  1. this looks absolutely yummyy!! some spices r unknown to me, but addition of fish sauce is so different :) hope u enjoyed ur try

  2. I love massaman curry simply because it has potato in it. Nice n very tempting.

  3. uhhhh.. that looks deeeelicious! Now have to go get those ingredients!

  4. Yes nava we will be delighted if we can do some diff curry with our pantry ingredients .Most of the times we add the spices which are required and do it our way (my be we miss one of them if we dont hve ).Two spices are unknow to me otherwise i can exactly do it with chicken i guess ?

  5. Heard about this curry. But not tried yet. Have not tried more thai dishes. I think u have a wonderful thai dish collections. will try to learn from u.

  6. I like type of curry, its goes well with prata or bread too.

  7. Very interesting and tasty recipe. Loved the addition of fish sauce and lemongrass in this. Will try very soon.Thanks for sharing

  8. My mom use to make lamb curry with potatoes but in south Indian version. Your dish looks yum But I am not a fan of fish sauce, think I can skip it and try it out.

  9. I'm not much of a lamb person, but I adore curry!

  10. Lamb curry sounds awesome my friend, and looks delicious to boot :D


  11. This lamb curry sounds flavorful, so creamy & yummy!

  12. sounds like a dish that is perfectly balanced in flavors and taste!!

  13. This is a huge favourite at our place whether home made or a restaurant take away. The flavours are complex and really lovely. Your's looks mouth watering and I feel like having some for lunch today. I love the addition of potatoes in any curry.

  14. Yum, this looks delicious. Lamb curry, what's not to love?

  15. What à flavourful, spicy and yummy recipe!!
    Love it!!

  16. Not a meat person, but the gravy is looking delicious :)


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