Crockpot Massaman Curry – Thai Food
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Thai
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • one pound beef or chicken cut into chunks
  • one pound baby potatoes quartered (large potatoes cut into chunks is fine too)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • one 2 inch long piece of ginger, grated
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, grated or minced
  • 2 or more teaspoons Sambal Olek or other chili paste
  • one 14 oz can broth to match meat of choice
  • one 14 oz can coconut milk
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, minced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1½ teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon whole cumin seed
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamon
  • 1 teaspoon tamarind (paste, sauce or mashed up fruit - whatever you can find)
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • ½ tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ cup chopped unsalted dry-roasted cashews or peanuts (+ handful more for garnish)
  • 1 small red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced
  1. Turn your crockpot onto high heat and add a couple tablespoons of oil.
  2. After the oil is heated, add the onion, spices, cashews or peanuts and tamarind. Stir until fragrant.
  3. Add the meat, chicken, broth, coconut milk, chili garlic paste, fish sauce and brown sugar. The potatoes can be added here, or later on depending on how long the crockpot will be running. Add the potatoes right away if they will be cooking on low for 3-4 hours. If you are cooking at a higher heat or for a longer time (eg if you want it to cook while you are out or are using a tough cut of beef) add the potatoes 2-3 hours before you plan on eating. Alternatively, you can boil the potatoes and add them at the last minute.
  4. During the last hour of cooking add the peppers and tomatoes.
  5. You can vary the cooking time for this dish a lot as long as you don't add the potatoes, tomatoes and peppers too early. Curries tend to only get better with additional cooking time. As long as your meat is cooked through and no longer tough you can eat it.
  6. If you are using chicken breasts, you can probably cook it for as little as 2.5 - 3 hours on high. Beef will have a longer minimum cooking time (at least 5-6 hours) - you'll want to cook it long enough for the meat to get tender. If you have the time to cook it on low for 8-10 hours it will be even better.
  7. Serve over rice (I like brown jasmine or brown basmati) Top with additional chopped cashews or peanuts.
(Adapted from <a href="">Instructable's Massaman Curry Recipe</a>
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