Chicken Massaman Curry

Background and History:

Massaman Curry is a beloved Thai dish with a history influenced by both Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines. Its name is believed to have originated from “Mussulman,” a term used to describe Muslims. This curry is known for its rich, nutty, and slightly sweet flavors, making it a favorite in Thai and international cuisine.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast or thigh, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 2-3 tablespoons Massaman curry paste
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2-3 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 cardamom pods
  • Cooking oil
  • Salt to taste

Serves: 4

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Instructions:

  • Heat some cooking oil in a large pan or wok over medium heat. Add the Massaman curry paste and cook for a few minutes until fragrant.
  • Add the chicken pieces and cook until they begin to brown.
  • Pour in half of the coconut milk and stir until well combined with the curry paste.
  • Add the remaining coconut milk, potatoes, sliced onion, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, kaffir lime leaves, and half of the peanuts. Stir well.
  • Bring the mixture to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked and the potatoes are tender.
  • Stir in the tamarind paste, fish sauce, and brown sugar. Add salt to taste.
  • Serve the Massaman curry hot, garnished with the remaining peanuts. It’s delicious with jasmine rice or naan.

Nutrition Facts: (Per serving)

  • Calories: 400
  • Total Fat: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 75mg
  • Sodium: 800mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4g
  • Sugars: 7g
  • Protein: 30g

Notes:

  • Adjust the amount of curry paste to your desired level of spiciness.
  • Massaman curry can be made with beef, lamb, or tofu for a vegetarian option.

Allergy Warning:

  • If anyone at your table has allergies, ensure that the curry paste and other ingredients are safe for them. Modify the recipe as needed to accommodate dietary restrictions or allergies.
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