Saturday, May 18, 2013

Massaman Curry Paste Recipe

Thai Massaman curry paste is used to make none other than Massaman Curry.  It is a Thai Curry with a Muslim origin.  The paste is made in a similar fashion as the other Thai curry pastes.

Massaman Curry Paste


  • 7 - 10 chilies, dried
  • 1 tablespoon kha
  • 2 tablespoons caraway, powdered OR 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon lemongrass, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 tablespoons red onions, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 5 cardamom seeds
  • 1 teaspoon shrimp paste or kapi
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  1. Brown garlic and red onions in a pan.  Set aside.
  2. Remove seeds from chilies, drain, and chop finely.
  3. Cook chilies with the kha, powdered caraway or coriander seeds, lemongrass, cinnamon, and cloves over a low heat until browned.
  4. Pound in a mortar and pestle until you get the desired consistency.
  5. Add salt, the browned garlic and onion mixture, and kapi.
  6. Heat the pan with 2 tablespoons of oil and fry the paste for 3 minutes.
  7. Add 5 cardamom seeds and 5 bay leaves.
  8. Remove from heat and cool.
  9. Paste can be stored in jars and used as needed.

A mortar and pestle for making curry paste.