Beef Massaman Curry

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Beef Massaman Curry is a rich dish filled with cubed beef, potatoes, peas, and coconut milk. It’s a fusion dish, mixing Thai and Persian flavors, and is warm and comforting. Using prepared curry paste helps to make this one-pot stew quick and easy.

Massaman curry tends to be a more mild curry than other varieties. You can adjust the spice level by adding more curry paste if you prefer. If you can’t find Massaman curry, yellow curry makes a good substitute.

Serve this dish alongside cooked rice (white, brown, or basmati). For a little bit of color and flavor, you can cook your rice with a pinch of turmeric or saffron. Fold in warm peas and carrots for even more veggies in your meal. 

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Looking across a white plate half filled with beef Massaman curry with large chunks of potatoes and yellow rice in the background.
Simmer to meld the flavors, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with the cooked rice.
Two small pots, one filled with yellow rice with peas and carrots, and one filled with Massaman curry, sit on a table.
For a little bit of color and flavor, you can cook your rice with a pinch of turmeric or saffron. Fold in warm peas and carrots for even more veggies in your meal. 
A close up shot of beef Massaman curry with large chunks of potatoes and pops of peas in a rich brown gravy.
Using prepared curry paste helps to make this one pot stew quick and easy.
Looking down onto a white plate half filled with Beef Massaman Curry and yellow rice with peas and carrots.
Beef Massaman Curry is a rich dish filled with cubed beef, potatoes, peas, and coconut milk.

Beef Massaman Curry Recipe

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Looking down onto a white plate half filled with Beef Massaman Curry and yellow rice with peas and carrots.
Beef Massaman Curry is a rich dish filled with cubed beef, potatoes, peas, and coconut milk.
Preparation 15 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Ready in 45 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
CourseDinner
InfluenceIndian
DifficultySeasoned
MethodStewed
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon peanut or sesame oil
  • 1 pound cubed beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 2 tablespoons Massaman curry paste
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 pound diced potatoes
  • 1 cup frozen peas defrosted
  • 1 can (14 oz) coconut milk
  • 2 cups cooked rice for serving

Directions

  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. 
  • Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the curry paste and cook until just aromatic, about 30 seconds. 
  • Pour in the beef broth and bring to a simmer. Add the potatoes and cook until just tender, 7 to 10 minutes. 
  • Add the peas and coconut milk then return to a light simmer. Be careful not to let the curry boil, as it will split. Simmer to meld the flavors, for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with the cooked rice.

Nutritional Information

Serving: 4gSodium: 192mgCalcium: 66mgVitamin C: 40mgVitamin A: 1461IUSugar: 5gFiber: 5gPotassium: 1104mgCholesterol: 70mgCalories: 334kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 3gFat: 10gProtein: 31gCarbohydrates: 29gIron: 4mg

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