1. Lemongrass preparation:
Cut lemongrass to leave you with just the bottom 8 cm / 3". Peel off the reedy outer layers, then trim the tough base off, leaving you with a pale green / white stem. This part will be used for the paste. The trimmings are used in the beef braising broth.
2. Chillies -
This curry is not supposed to be spicy, just a warm hum. This recipe is made with the generic Asian dried chillies purchased from Asian grocery stores which are usually not that spicy. It is not
made with Thai Chillies which are considerably spicier (cut down to 2 or 3).
The spiciness of chillies (dried and fresh) is like playing roulette - at different times of the year, they go up and down. The only way to really control how spicy your curry will be
is to taste the chilli. If it's not that spicy, proceed with the recipe.
But if it's spicy, then feel free to dial it back - 3 is a good starting point, 2 if you are really concerned.
You can substituted with other dried red chillies but always check spiciness first!
= French onions = those small red / purple baby onions. Can sub with 1 red onion, peeled and quartered.
4. Galangal -
Looks like ginger but with a red skin and harder to cut. Tastes like citrusy/piney ginger. Found at everyday supermarkets in Australia. If you really can't find it, sub with ginger + zest of 1 lime.
5. Beef -
Massaman is supposed to be made with large pieces of meat, rather than small bite size pieces, so the meat needs to be slow cooked to become tender and absorbs the flavour of the braising liquid. Can be substituted with brisket but make sure you trim off the thick layer of fat, otherwise the sauce ends up too greasy. Gravy beef is also suitable, as long as you can find large pieces.
Pork, goat, rabbit, bone in chicken pieces, lamb. Cut into large pieces and just simmer until fork tender, adjusting liquid level with water if required to end up with about 1 1/2 cups liquid at the end. I've had Massaman Lamb Shank at a restaurant and it was EPIC!
6. Tamarind -
Sour paste used in South East Asian cooking. Sold in jars at supermarkets in Australia in the Asian section. Can substitute with lime juice (2 tsp) or vinegar (1 tsp).
7. Asian Fried Shallots -
Little pops of salty, fried, crispy goodness I'm addicted to! Sold in the Asian aisle of supermarkets in Australia but better value at Asian stores!
8. Blitzing -
You need a decent food processor for any curry paste, to ensure it's powerful enough to blitz the ingredients into a smooth paste.
terrific served fresh and also Keeps well in the fridge for 3 days. I imagine it freezes well - just give the sauce a good stir to smooth it out.
10. Recipe source:
Another RecipeTin Family effort! We find many Thai restaurants tend to dumb down the spices and make the sauce too sweet. So we looked to more authentic recipes from David Thompson (the man!) and Sujet Saenkham of Spice I Am fame for inspiration on how Massaman curry really should be done. After three or four cracks at it, we love we've ended up and hope you will love our Massaman curry as much as we do!
11. Nutrition per serving.
I never said this was diet food! To cut back on calories, trim the excess fat from the beef (the nutrition calculator isn't smart enough to do this, this will cut out loads of fat) and reduce oil from 3 to 2 tbsp. Please don't sub coconut milk with the lite stuff, it doesn't have nearly enough coconut flavour for this curry. Also, the potato can be subbed with non carb veg - this will also lower the calories.
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 504
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 56g
Saturated Fat 28g
Total Carbohydrates 27g
Dietary Fiber 4g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.