Chicken massaman curry

Chicken massaman curry


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About this recipe: This Thai curry, flavoured with tamarind and coconut milk, is ready in under an hour. Serve over plain white rice.


Serves: 4 

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons curry paste
  • 1 (2cm) slice root ginger, minced
  • 500g skinless, boneless chicken breast - cubed
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons tamarind paste
  • 5 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 3 cups peeled, cubed potatoes
  • 1 (400g) tin coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:55min 

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in curry paste and minced ginger; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in the cubed chicken, and cook until the pieces turn white on the outside, about 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in brown sugar, fish sauce, tamarind paste, peanut butter, potatoes and coconut milk. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the potatoes are tender and the chicken pieces are no longer pink in the centre, about 20 minutes. Add the lime juice and cook for an additional 5 minutes before serving.

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I am sure that this would taste fairly good, though it would be much better if one used real peanuts instead of peanut butter. However, I doubt it will taste much like a massaman curry, unless one specifically uses massaman curry paste (preferably homemade)! It might not even taste 'Thai'. I am also puzzled by the use of lime juice: the tamarind paste supplies the requisite sourness. - 16 Oct 2010

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