Easy 1-Pot Massaman Curry

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Wooden spoon resting in a pot of Massaman Curry topped with fresh cilantro

Excuse us while we dive head-first into this creamy, luxurious, 1-pot Massaman-inspired curry.

What makes this recipe easy, you ask?

  • It’s made without store-bought Massaman curry paste, which can be difficult to find, utilizing red curry paste instead!
  • It uses ingredients you likely have on hand right now.
  • We include protein options for vegans, pescatarians, and meat-eaters so you can customize and simplify as needed!

Let’s do this!

Tiles with ingredients for making our homemade vegan Massaman Curry recipe

What is Massaman Curry?

Massaman curry is a fusion of Thai- and Indian-style curries, utilizing both a red-style curry paste (Thai influence) and dry whole spices like cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and nutmeg (Indian influence). Another essential ingredient is roasted peanuts, which add an extra layer of richness and texture to the curry. Check out an authentic preparation of Massaman curry here from Hot Thai Kitchen!

What Makes Our Recipe Easier?

Initially, we were planning to make this curry using homemade Massaman curry paste, as it can be difficult to find in stores and some brands just flat out don’t taste good.

While we were able to get close to what we were looking for, we realized it’d be way easier to rely on traditional Thai red curry paste and customize the flavor with spices you likely have on hand right now. This helps avoid having to make curry paste from scratch or buy special curry paste from the store. It’s a win-win if you ask us! While not a traditional approach, it does get this flavorful, robust curry on the table fast!

This recipe is also easy to prepare as it’s made entirely in 1 pot depending on the protein you choose to serve it with.

Sautéing shallot and curry paste in a big pot for our 1-Pot Massaman Curry recipe

How to Make Vegan Massaman Curry

Massaman curry is typically made with meat, but it’s incredibly easy to keep it vegan-friendly by substituting the meat with tofu or tempeh. We include options in the recipe below for vegans, vegetarians, pescetarians, and meat eaters!

Thankfully, this is a recipe that’s easy to modify for different dietary restrictions without too much fuss (simply prepare your protein of choice — such as our Crispy Baked Peanut Tofu — on the side and add when serving).

Pouring coconut milk into a pot of vegan Massaman Curry

How to Make your Curry Lighter

As with most Thai curries, coconut milk is the main component of the sauce, which helps create a rich, creamy, and naturally sweet base.

However, to lighten this curry up, you could always sub up to half of the coconut milk with vegetable broth or water. Just be sure to adjust the flavor as needed as vegetable broth will add more saltiness and water will likely require more salt to taste.

Using a wooden spoon to stir our gluten-free Massaman Curry recipe

What to Pair with Massaman Curry

Massaman curry is delicious on its own, but would also pair well with:

Holding the handles of a big pot of Massaman Curry made with peanuts and lime

We hope you LOVE this curry! It’s:

Quick & easy to make
& Incredibly delicious

This would make the perfect dish to make for hosting, or when you’re craving some weeknight comfort. It’s delicious on its own, but pairs especially well with white rice, brown rice, or quinoa. To keep this recipe grain-free, simply serve with cauliflower rice or steamed or roasted vegetables of choice (our favorite being steamed or roasted broccoli).

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Bowl of rice and Massaman Curry with tofu for a delicious vegan meal

Easy 1-Pot Massaman Curry

Simple, 1-pot Massaman curry made without store-bought Massaman curry paste! Simply use spices you have on hand plus Thai red curry paste to achieve this flavorful, rich Massaman curry! Optional protein suggestions for vegans, pescatarians, and meat-eaters!
Author Minimalist Baker
Wooden spoon in a pot of homemade Massaman Curry
4.89 from 154 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 (Servings)
Course Entree
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Indian-Inspired, Thai-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 4-5 Days



  • 1 batch Crispy Baked Peanut Tofu (vegan-option)
  • 1/2 lb. shrimp (seafood option — wild caught when possible)
  • 1 large skinless chicken breast, cubed (meat option — free-range, local, organic when possible)


  • 2 Tbsp coconut or avocado oil (if avoiding oil, sub water and add more as needed)
  • 3 medium shallots, thinly sliced (or sub 1 small onion)
  • 1 tsp whole cumin seed (or sub powder)
  • 1 tsp whole coriander seed (or sub powder)
  • 5 Tbsp red curry paste (we love Thai Kitchen brand)
  • 1 ½ cups baby potatoes cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced 1/4-inch thick
  • 2 14-oz. cans light fat coconut milk (sub up to 1 can with full-fat coconut milk for creamier, richer curry — texture shown in photos above)
  • 1-1 ½ cups water
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 dash each cardamom and nutmeg (if you don’t have, omit)
  • 2-3 Tbsp coconut aminos (or sub tamari or soy sauce, but start with less as they’re saltier)
  • 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup or coconut sugar (or sub stevia to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter (in place of traditional roasted peanuts — can sub roasted peanuts)
  • 1-2 Tbsp lime juice (or lemon)

FOR SERVING optional



  • You have options for added protein or you can just stick with vegetables. 
    To keep it vegan-friendly, follow the link above to make Crispy Peanut Tofu
    Or, to keep this a 1-pot recipe, simply add (pressed) cubed extra-firm tofu to the curry in the last 10 minutes of cooking or sauté pressed tofu in a little oil and season with salt, pepper, and curry powder before cooking the curry. Set aside, then add back in in the last few minutes of cooking for best results. 
    Alternatively, add meat such as shrimp or chicken to the curry once it’s simmering (during step 4) and simmer until cooked completely through. 


  • Heat a large pot or dutch oven (we like this one) over medium heat. Once hot, add oil (or water) and shallot. Sauté 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Turn down heat if browning too quickly.
  • Add whole cumin and coriander seeds (or powder) and sauté for another 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently. Then add red curry paste and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute more.
  • Add potatoes and carrots and stir to coat. Cook for 2 minutes. Then add coconut milk, water (starting with the lesser amount), cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, coconut aminos, maple syrup, and peanut butter. (Reserve lime juice for later).
  • The liquid should cover all of the ingredients — if it does not, add a bit more coconut milk or water to cover. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. 
    Once it reaches a low boil, reduce heat to a simmer (add meat at this time if cooking with shrimp or chicken) and cook for 10-15 minutes uncovered. You don’t want it boiling, so ensure it’s cooking over low heat at a simmer.
  • Add lime in the last few minutes of cooking and stir. Then taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more lime for acidity, salt or coconut aminos for saltiness, curry paste for heat / more intense curry taste, maple syrup for sweetness, cinnamon or nutmeg for warmth, or peanut butter for creaminess / more intense peanut flavor. 
    Stir and cook a few minutes more. Then turn off heat and let stand for at least 5 minutes before serving (this allows the flavors to meld).
  • To serve, divide between serving bowls and enjoy as is or with a side of rice, cauliflower rice, quinoa, or steamed greens (optional). Fresh lime juice, cilantro, and roasted peanuts (optional) make lovely additions as well.


  • Store cooled leftovers in the refrigerator up to 4-5 days or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat in the microwave or in a saucepan. Add more water or coconut milk as needed to rehydrate.



*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with light coconut milk, the lesser amount of coconut aminos and sweetener, and without tofu or other optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 servings Calories: 346 Carbohydrates: 32.2 g Protein: 5.2 g Fat: 23.6 g Saturated Fat: 16.4 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.26 g Monounsaturated Fat: 2.54 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 894 mg Potassium: 680 mg Fiber: 4.1 g Sugar: 11.8 g Vitamin A: 9150 IU Vitamin C: 16.5 mg Calcium: 70 mg Iron: 1.8 mg

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  1. Kristin says

    This is amazing! I added both the peanut tofu recommended and a few pieces of shrimp. It’s a bit salty despite not adding salt (flavor is great though), so you might check out the label when buying curry paste.

  2. Dolly says

    This was so good! So good. In place of 2 cans of light coconut milk, I used only 1 full fat, and replaced the water with vegetable broth (your recipe – I just love it), using the greater amount. I also served the crispy peanut tofu (maybe my new favorite tofu method) with it, and served it all over jasmine rice. Again, so good, Compliments from my husband as well – he went on and on about how good the meal was. We’re looking forward to leftovers!

  3. Matthew says


    10/10 not disappointed.

    I used Tamari instead of coconut aminos
    I used only 1/2 cup of water
    I doubled the simmer time
    I cut the potatoes very small
    I used 1 can (4oz) of Maesri Red Curry Paste
    I made it with baked Tofu (Lightly coat in Tamari, 400 for 30 min)

    Absolutely amazing.

  4. Susan says

    I am going to try this recipe. I have a suggestion, though: to use less coconut milk to cut calories/fat, I love to substitute half of the coconut milk called for in a recipe with some kind of plant milk (almond, oat, or whatnot), plus a teaspoon or so of coconut extract. I think this would make a creamier, better tasting dish than using veggie broth or water instead.

  5. Jamie says

    Thanks for the easy to follow recipe! I used Mae Ploy Massaman curry paste (love love this brand) and this came out nicely flavored with beef, potatoes, carrots, onion, and bell pepper as my mains. I appreciate all the options you mention for alterations. I did skip on the 1.5 cups of water, as I am always trying to get a thicker more restaurant like curry result. Tasty!

  6. Cass says

    This is a decent Massaman Curry, but I’ve never experienced a more flooded site. Advertising took over the screen and stalled the recipe every 30 seconds. Unfortunately I will avoid your recipes at all cost, because the “10 minutes” of prep time took nearly an hour because of how often my iPad froze and reloaded.

  7. Shari Zupan says

    How do you get your curry sauce to be thick like a gravy! I have used all the coconut milk but it never comes out right. thank you

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Shari, you can sub up to 1 can with full-fat coconut milk for a creamier, richer curry. Hope that helps!

  8. JaneC says

    Great flavors – thanks for a recipe without a paste.
    I just had to have it cook for way long and for the diced potatoes to soften

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sarah, that would be fine! Just cut them into bite-sized pieces. No need to par-boil. Let us know how you like it!

  9. Katie Shulzitski says

    This looks delicious! I haven’t tried it yet. Do you think it would be okay if I left it the sweetener?
    By the way, I make your recipes every week and absolutely love them!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Katie! So glad you enjoy our recipes! The flavor of this curry will be slightly different without sweetener, but still super delicious. Let us know what you think!

  10. NC says

    This was a delicious use of the half-jar of massaman curry I had sitting in the fridge.

    My tweaks: I used the veggies I had on hand. I added the carrots with some broccoli at the “coating” step. And because we adore roasted potatoes, I threw them in (with some cauliflower) at 450F to give them a bit of a sear before adding them to the curry with the liquids and spices.
    I used better-than-boullion (veggie) for the water.

    I served it over coconut rice with some nooch sprinkled on top. The whole family gobbled it up.

  11. Annick Cottom says

    Delicious and easy. I didn’t have enough red curry paste so added 2 green finger chillies. I also only used one tin of full fat coconut milk and some water. We had the tofu version. Will make again.

  12. Stephanie says

    One of our favorites! Easy to make for a crowd. I use 1/2 the amount of coconut milk and red curry, and often sub chickpeas for the protein. My kids love it!

  13. Anisha Zaveri says

    Probably the yummiest minimalist baker recipe I’ve tried so far. So DELICIOUS! I used potatoes, carrots and spinach with baked peanut tofu. I halved the amount of peanut butter in the curry since the tofu was quite peanuty already. Served with brown rice.

  14. Kelly says

    Love this easily customizable recipe. For whatever reason, I got this one mixed up with another of your curry recipes where you roast the veggies first… so that’s what I did with this (roasted eggplant, cherry tomatoes, sweet potato and carrot). I really don’t think veggies matter too much – switch them out as you wish. I even added chopped spinach at the end and some green onion.

    Where you get the massaman curry flavoring is all in the perfectly selected seasonings/spices, peanut butter and coconut milks. I love bold flavor so I went all in with the Thai curry paste. I really love this recipe over what I usually get at restaurants, because restaurants make this too sweet for my preference, usually. Glad I came back to this recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy it, Kelly! Thank you for sharing your experience! We’re thinking the other recipe you’re thinking of is this one? Hope that’s helpful!

  15. B says

    I made this with the veggies I had in hand ( red pepper, ginger, sweet potato, green beans, eggplant, cauliflower…). I just chopped all veggies and added the veggies at appropriate times. eg red peppers with onions. Everything came out AMAZING!!! You are the QUEEN of powerful, memorable, fantastic recipes! Thank you for adding so much bliss to my life over the many years I have followed you.

  16. Christian McCulloch says

    I am surprised that this entire recipe only utilizes one chicken breast. Seems like a very small amount of protein for a recipe this size.

  17. lorene says

    I am trying this recipe but it said 10 tbsp of red curry!!! I stopped at 4 tbsp! and I realized it was probably 10 tsp and not 10 tbsp 😱!! I hope it is not going to be too spicy! I may add one can of coconut milk! any idea? thank you….

    • lorene says

      I forgot that I double the recipe;)! but still it seems a lot:). I can’t wait to test this, it smells really good. thank you:)

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Lorene, it will depend on the brand of curry paste you’re using. You can start with less and add more to taste!

  18. Robin Friedbaum says

    Absolutely delicious Massaman Curry. We usually order this at Thai restaurants but had some coconut milk and decided to try making it at home. We didn’t have shallots so substituted onions and added zucchini since its summer and we are growing so many! It was definitely ‘Restaurant Quality’ and we’re adding this recipe to our family favorites. Thanks so much for posting this recipe. Looking forward to trying some of your other curries next. :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Wonderful! We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Robin. Thank you so much for sharing! xo

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

        Aw, thank you for the lovely review, Tera! We’re so glad your first time eating curry was a success! xoxo

  19. Mallory says

    Delicious, hearty dish that is truly simple to prepare. Even subbing 1 light coconut milk still produces a creamy curry. I like to steam broccoli as a side and serve over Right Rice. Highly recommend giving it a try!

  20. Lettieri says

    Very good recipe but the cooking time was not good for cooking the carrots and potatoes. I cut them very small diced and still took longer than 15 min to cook. It took about 45 min for them to become soft enough to eat otherwise spot on recipe

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Interesting! Thanks for sharing your experience, Lettieri. Is it possible they were at a very gentle simmer?

  21. Hannah says

    I made this last night! I overall enjoyed the recipe. I added avocado slices to serve. I also added the full amount of water and only 1 full fat coconut milk, as that is all I had. I think it turned out a bit more liquid-y than I would have liked. Next time I will add less water. If you use the whole spices, I would suggest toasting the whole spices separate until fragrant and then grinding them before adding. I did not do this, and I have bites of whole spice which I do not find pleasant. I also will cut back the peanut butter or use whole peanuts next time. I found that 2 tablespoons of peanut butter was a bit overwhelming for me. Still very tasty and I will make again!

  22. Niki says

    Is there an option to cut the amount of coconut milk? That seems like a lot. Maybe half soy milk half coconut milk or will that ruin it?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      For frozen green peas, we’d suggest adding them in step 5 so they don’t get overcooked. Let us know how it goes!

  23. Wendy says

    I really like this curry and appreciate the flexibility of ingredients. As a vegetarian who is not a big tofu fan I’m disappointed that the option of adding chickpeas or other beans as a protein was not offered. I frequently use chickpeas as a protein in many dishes and curries work perfectly for this.

  24. Joey says

    So tasty! I left out the protein, and used lots of vegetables I had on hand (sweet potato, carrot, broccoli, red onion and mushrooms). I found that it was slightly lacking in that depth of flavor that I love in curries, but I really liked how easy this recipe was (and how you can modify it based on your own preferences). Next time, I’d toast and grind the cumin and coriander seeds instead of leaving them in whole – biting into a whole coriander seed was pretty overpowering!

    Otherwise, this is a fantastic recipe that I’ll be making again!

      • Olivia says

        This was delicious! If you use the crispy peanut tofu, I recommend using half the peanut butter that the curry recipe calls for, then adjust to taste. Recommend ground spices instead of whole seeds for a more uniform spice distribution. Thanks for this easy tasty recipe.

  25. ginxaz says

    Yummy!!! This is my favorite curry, and the first time I have made it. Fabulous. So glad to be able to make it at home, now, since restaurants are sadly not an option.

  26. Elizabeth says

    This is delicious. It tastes nearly as good as restaurant curry to me. Next time I’d like it spicier, so I’ll decrease the maple syrup and maybe increase the curry paste. Warning, 5 tablespoons of curry is almost the entire jar, so make sure you have a full or nearly full jar to start with.

  27. Jane Ledwell says

    I am making this absolutely delicious dish again. I love that all the ingredients are close at hand staples in my kitchen – and the flavour is so wonderful I dream about it. The whole coriander seeds are the key.

  28. tabitha says

    I just used this recipe as a ‘beginner lesson’ for my niece. It was perfect! One pot, some chopping, measuring, simmer, etc. I did sub in veggie broth for water, soy sauce for aminos and brown sugar for the maple syrup. I also added 1/4 t of powdered ginger and 2 T of minced garlic. Next time I will add a little pineapple and its juice too. I do not like heat in my dishes but I ended up using all 5 t of the red chili paste. My four year old was able to eat it! Great flavor and so much easier than many of the other recipes I have used in the past! As typical, a great one from MB!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Love that idea! Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Tabitha!

  29. Laura says

    Yum this was great! I was worried that the amount of red curry paste would be way to spicy for my family, but went with it anyways since I didn’t see anything mentioned in the comments about it being spicy. It was definitely not very spicy at all- the coconut milk helped mellow it out nicely.
    I followed the recipe exactly, and subbed pressed tofu at the end for my protein. Thank you!

      • Amanda says

        Made this tonight, and it was delicious! I added chickpeas, water chestnuts, and cauliflower florets. I added a little chili garlic sauce to make the curry spicier and served it with rice, scallions, and cilantro. I used one can of full fat and one can of reduced fat coconut milk. So creamy and delicious! I’ll be making this again!

          • JM says

            This is the 2nd time I made this (the first was probably a year or so ago). I added half a cauliflower to the recipe for more plant based diversity. The overall flavor seemed a little bland and definitely needed more salt. I added an extra tablespoon of coconut aminos (4 total) and didn’t do the trick. Next time I’m going to add minced garlic and grated ginger in with the shallots, more red curry paste, vegetable broth instead of coconut oil, salt, and possibly less than 2 cans of coconut milk (or maybe 2 lite instead of 1 and 1). Overall, this is a great recipe that offers directions to customize to suit anyones taste buds. Next to pad thai this is my favorite dish to get at a Thai restaurant.

  30. Roslyn EITEL says

    This recipe is SO GOOD! My husband loved it (said it tasted like it came from his fav thai restaurant) & my 2 year old ate it too! I added zucchini & shrimp & we had it over white rice. Thank you for this recipe! Will make again.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! We’re so glad you and your family enjoyed it, Roslyn. Thanks so much for the lovely review! xo

  31. Leilani says

    Looking forward to making this! My mother in law doesn’t like spice – how spicy is this on a scale of 1-10? Anything to do to help cut the spice other than sugar? 🙏🏽☺️

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      The spice will depend on the curry paste you use, so try and get a milder one, or use slightly less!

  32. M says

    Tastes good, but doesn’t taste like authentic massaman curry at all(to me, anyway). I added extra PB as I couldn’t taste it with only 2 tbsp. Creamy and filling, would recommend.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for the feedback! So interesting because several readers have mentioned it tastes authentic to them, but a couple others have said otherwise. Perhaps the brand of curry paste used makes a difference?

  33. SJ says

    I made this a couple weeks ago and it was awesome. I do have a couple notes, though:
    -If you are an amateur cook like me, remember to cut and prep all your ingredients before you begin! This is obvious to most readers, but I’m not used to cooking things with as many ingredients so several times I turned down my heat because a veggie wasn’t prepped yet :/
    -My household tends to prefer higher-fat recipes so I used chicken thigh and two cans of full-fat coconut milk. Tasted great but was not easy on the stomach and knocked us out right after dinner. Also (another beginner note) the fat will rise to the top, so whenever I reheated a portion I moved that out of the way to get the actual curry, which tasted way different than how it was fresh out the pot (with all the excess fat) but I got to save the now-curry flavored fat to cook with and it’s great.
    -I recommend using pb instead of peanuts because I used half of each and the peanut taste was not strong enough for me. Also you will likely need to add a bit more lime juice and salt than what this recipe called for. I also added red pepper flakes for spice.
    -I omitted the cardamom and nutmeg because I didn’t have them, so along with all my other modifications take what I say with a grain of salt. But this recipe was awesome (although it didn’t taste like the massaman curry I get from any Thai restaurants).

  34. RE says

    Made this about a year ago and it was amazing. Now have an instant pot and was wondering what setting and cook time you’d recommend? Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy it! We’d suggest sautéing in the Instant Pot up to step 3. Then add remaining ingredients and pressure cook on high for ~8-10 minutes. Quick release or allow a natural release. Let us know how it goes!

  35. Irene says

    I’ve made this twice within the last month and it turned out great each time. I first tried Massaman Curry in Thailand some years back and also cooked it there in a Thai cooking class. This recipe is authentic in taste and I’m glad it does without a Massaman curry paste. Thanks for sharing!

  36. SJ says

    Making this tonight with chicken! Should I still add the raw chicken at the same time I would add shrimp, or before? I’m always worried I’ll undercook it :/

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi, by cutting the chicken into ~1/2-inch cubes, it cooks more quickly. It will be fully cooked in 10-15 minutes as specified in step 4. But if concerned, you could also check it with a meat thermometer. Hope that helps!

  37. Claire says

    So so delicious! Didn’t modify anything and came out perfect. One jar of Thai Kitchen curry paste is roughly equivalent to the amount required in the recipe. This is definitely be a regular dish in our house.

  38. Courtney says

    I made this recipe today, and boy was it delicious!!!! 🤤. I didn’t have the coconut aminos, or oil that the recipe called for so I used olive oil and soy sauce. I was a little worried about it at first but everything came out great. I will definitely be making this dish again.

  39. Alisa says

    I made this and every single member of our family of 9 loved it! I doubled the recipe, used 4 chicken breasts (because feeding nine is no joke), and added a little more syrup and soy sauce to taste. Mostly because my kids are used to a sweeter version. This recipe is our new favorite!!

  40. Loryn says

    I just made this for the fourth time tonight, and I absolutely love this recipe. It’s so flexible that I can adapt it to whatever’s on hand. If I don’t have enough curry paste, I just add curry powder. I throw in whatever veggies are in the fridge along with the potatoes. It always turns out delicious.

    I do double the amount of potatoes instead of adding a protein, which tends to double the cooking time as well, but it’s worth it.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Whoop! We’re so glad you enjoy it, Loryn! Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications. xo

  41. Jeff says

    This is easily one of our favorite Minimalist Baker recipes, and we use recipes here a LOT. Easy to make and 100% delicious. I personally love how you can add or subtract extra spices to dial up or dial down the heat of the curry paste. We usually add extra Aminos, Peanut Butter and Syrup to make it more mild for our little ones (4yrs and 1yr). They usually clean plate with this one and even sometimes ask for seconds! We usually add chicken for some extra protein but have done with just veggies as well and serve over rice – sometimes rice cooked in coconut milk for extra creaminess.

  42. Beth says

    Loved this. I would recommend adding one can of coconut milk first, and less water. I ended up using just one can (because it’s all I had) and the 1.5 cups of water, and I thought it was too watery. And that’s with me adding probably too many vegetables. I had plenty of liquid to cover everything to simmer.

    I’ve made this once before and was mixed about it. This time I used whole seed instead of ground for cumin and coriander, and liked it better. Of course I never quite follow a recipe exactly as written, so it could be operator error! :)

      • Liz says

        The spices scared me a little bit the nutmeg and cardamom were really wonderful in this. It’s a warming meal, great for January! I think having some nice natural peanut butter helped. I used sweet potato, kale, zucchini and some seitan for protein.

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Thanks for sharing, Liz! We’re glad you enjoyed it. Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  43. Maddie says

    This was great!I have never had a curry recipe this flavorful,creamy,tasty and overall amazing!I served with rice and warm naan.I hope that other people make this recipe cause they will love it!

  44. Alison says

    Awesome recipe! I love massaman and have a favorite restaurant where that is what I always order. Well, this is just as good! Restaurant quality. I added peanuts, red peppers and zucchini to it too and it was delicious. I served it with a side of naan. A definite do-again.

  45. Natalie says

    This is SO good. Made it just now. :) I used 1 can coconut milk; 1 can coconut cream and only used 1/2 c. water. I added spinach add the end. And while I initially use coconut aminos, I found it needed more salt so I added tamari at the end.

  46. Laura says

    hi, i’m, planning on making this tonight but I don’t know when to add the tofu because the recipe doesn’t say when, so can you tell me?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Laura, the Crispy Peanut Tofu can be added at the end for serving. Otherwise, see this note in step 1: “simply add (pressed) cubed extra-firm tofu to the curry in the last 10 minutes of cooking or sauté pressed tofu in a little oil and season with salt, pepper, and curry powder before cooking the curry.” Hope that helps!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Mikayla, we’d say up to 10 minutes more might work, but beyond that could cause the carrots and potatoes to get mushy.

  47. Maya says

    This recipe was amazing and so simple! I did not have any cardamom or nutmeg, but it didn’t take away from the overall great flavor of the dish. I loved how quick I was able to make this. I only used 1 Can of Full-Fat coconut milk and then adjusted the curry paste/peanut butter/spices to taste. As a college student whose low on time, but a lover of Thai/Indian cuisine, I appreciated this 1-pot dish!!!

  48. Madeleine says

    Hey! I’m 21 years old, and a huge fan of curry. This specific type of curry is the main thing I order at my local Thai restaurant. I added sweet potato (since it’s Autumn) and some wildflower honey from my bees, instead of maple syrup. I used 2 tsp of honey. Other then that I didn’t change the recipe, though I did add some crushed chili flakes in my serving for some added heat. I’m so happy I found this recipe, it’s absolutely amazing and was really easy to put together. I’m not much of a cook, and I managed to pull it off 😊 thank you for sharing this, it made a wonderful dinner for my dad and I.

  49. Lena says

    Amazing! I amped up the peanut butter and didn’t include some of the ingredients I didn’t have on hand (coriander seed, lime juice) and it still turned out amazing! Pro Tip: Try this over shirataki noodles! Game-changing.

    • Cait says

      What does the coriander to do the flavor? Are there anything suitable substitutions? It’s the only ingredient I don’t have & don’t necessarily want to venture out to get, but I want a good & accurate flavor!

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Cait, it will still be flavorful if you leave the coriander seeds out, but they add a floral, citrusy taste. You could try a little curry powder (which contains coriander) if you have that. Hope that helps!

  50. Hege says

    Found a jar of massaman curry paste in the back of the pantry (as you do…) – if I use that instead of the red curry paste in the recipe do I just omit to add the c-spices (cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander…)?


    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yes, we’d say omit and then taste test and add smaller amounts of them, if needed. Let us know how it goes!

  51. Julian says

    This recipe is amazing! i made it as per the recipe and it turned out so delicious and full of flavour! It was spicier than i had initially anticipated, but next time ill put in a little less red curry paste and some pineapple to cut through for some extra sweetness.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing, Julian! We wonder if maybe your red curry paste was extra spicy? Those modifications should help, but if the lesser amount of curry paste causes it to lack flavor, maybe try a different brand. Hope that helps!

  52. W says

    This was very tasty. I love Massaman curry and although this wasn’t exactly the same it was very similar. The key to great taste is the lime juice. I garnished with roasted cashews and used fried tofu as my protein. Used potatoes, green pepper, and mushrooms. The broth is soo delicious! Thank for this recipe.

  53. Kate says

    This recipe was so yummy!!!

    This will be my second time making it tonight and I am going to substitute the white potatoes for sweet potatoes. Super excited. Also, adding in some sliced avocado at the end is super yummy too!

    • LANCE TEEPLES says

      The recipe was OK. It tasted good but I dont think it tasted like masaman. I had to add a lot to get the flavor up. The recipe as is was quite bland. I added more of pretty much everything. Again if you would like a tasty meal its good, but did not taste like masaman.

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

        Thanks for the feedback! Just to make sure- your spices were fresh and curry paste was concentrated?

  54. Doreen Moran says

    This is my go-to curry now. Such a great recipe and literally everything savory goes with it! Since I can eat this 5 days a week, I’ve played with a few changes/enhancements that may help others:

    – Light coconut milk is essentially watered-down full fat. So buy a can of full fat and add a can of water.
    – To cut the fat, I have substituted homemade low sodium turkey broth for the coconut milk. It DEFINITELY changes the consistency, the color and some of the taste, but the core red curry flavor is there and I still like it a lot.
    – Substitute beans for any meat.
    – Left over potato skins? Cut them up and toss them in.
    – Quinoa, millet, amaranth, teff all work, too.
    Sweet corn off the cob is awesome with this.
    -My local Thai restaurant makes masaman curry with octopus and it is sooo delicious. Eventually, I’m trying that at home, too.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Doreen. We are so glad you enjoy it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  55. Andrew says

    Hi, really excited to try this….missing it this at a restaurant and so plan on making it myself. I cant seem to find the thai red curry paste readily. Any substitute paste for it or can you provide the recipe for it which i could make at home?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Andrew, We’d suggest ordering it online. Or you can make homemade using this recipe, but just keep in mind that it will require more of it since the homemade version isn’t as concentrated.

  56. Lauren says

    This was delicious, and a perfect way to prepare mahi we had in the freezer. I added some random veggies I had lying around. I’m already thinking of the next time I’ll make this, because there definitely will be a next time!

  57. Jay Abramson says

    I love massaman curry, and in fact it’s my favorite dish at a local thai restaurant here in dallas. They prepare it with short ribs and it’s unbelievable. So, when I came across your recipe and the overwhelming positive reviews, I decided to make it this upcoming weekend for my family. However, I have two questions…
    1. While my wife loves flavors, she can’t tolerate anything spicy (heat). So, are there any modifications that you recommend to avoid a spicy result?
    2. We prefer our curry a bit thicker, so any suggestions on how to adjust to make it slightly thicker?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jay, For less heat, we’d recommend scaling back on the red curry paste and/or making sure it’s not too spicy of a brand. For a thicker curry, we’d say start with 1 can full fat coconut milk and for the remainder, add light coconut milk to your desired thickness. Hope that helps! Let us know how it goes!

      • Jay says

        I made this on Saturday and it went over very well. I read everyone’s comments to help with slight modifications, and it was successful. Like others, after step 2, I moved everything to a slow cooker and let it go for about 3.5 hours. I doubled all the spice quantities (with the exception of the curry paste, as the wife can’t handle heat), carrots and potatoes. I used two cans of full fat coconut milk, Did not use any water or syrup. Used 1.5 pounds of chicken tenderloins. When it was done cooking, served it family style with a big pot of basmati rice, crushed roasted peanuts and warm naan (YES, this was a triple carb meal, so don’t judge me as everyone appreciated it). It produced 8 servings which were consumed between dinner and lunches the following days.

  58. Christine says

    This recipe was so good I’m making it 2 days in a row! I gave the leftovers to my lovely friend/ dog walker, and then my husband requested it to have for work leftovers so I’m at the stove again. Thank you for such a delicious and easy recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it and found the notes helpful, Anita! Thanks so much for the lovely review!

  59. Vegannista says

    Fabulous one pot curry that was so much easier, and tastier, than more complicated currys I’ve tried. I doubled up on taters and used Vidalia onion rather than shallot.

    All the sweetness of cardamon, cinnamon and maple syrup with the spicy red curry made for a Thai experience I had been trying to achieve at home. Thank you so much

    PS: I made enough for a few meals and some to freeze

  60. Andrew says

    Amazing! Flavors were all there and the only mistake I made was using two cans of full fat coconut milk and thinking I would be able to be productive after eating two bowls…

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Andrew! Full fat can feel a little heavy with that much of it. Let us know if you try it with the light!

  61. Oriana says

    Like this recipe very much. I found that I didn’t need to add any water at all and it was just the right consistency and flavor (with light coconut milk). I used cubed tofu roasted in the oven with a bit of sesame oil and tamari. Also added some peas, just to have some green color in the dish. You could also add some kale when you put the tofu in the pot. Thanks so much. This is my new go-to massaman.

  62. Bre Robbins says

    I made this for a vegan guest and meat eaters – made the sauce and set some aside in a pot (vegan), added beef chunks to the rest and slow cooked for 4 hours, adding veg in the last hour. Tasted incredible! Also added some crispy fried onion on top. Yum!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Such a lovely way to accommodate dietary preferences! We’re so glad it worked well! Thanks for sharing, Bre!

  63. Tyler says

    MINDBLOWING!! Don’t skip the tofu! I went rogue on the veggies and used mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and red bells. I found my new favorite Thai chef. Ha!

  64. Janaki says

    This was absolutely delicious!!!
    We double the recipe so that it serves 8, and we used half the amount of coconut milk and added one cup of Alpro soya milk, since we didn’t want it to be too high in fat.
    We used ground cumin and coriander instead of the seeds, since we’d read that it was more pleasant to eat without the seeds, and we added another tbsp of peanut butter since we were going for a nutter flavour.
    We also subbed in sweet potato and added long-stem broccoli and green beans and it turned out GORGEOUS.

    The whole family were stunned and said it tasted restaurant standard.

    100% recommend!!!

    • Linda walker says

      Loved it! Tried other recipes this flavor was authentic! We used lamb shank for protein and raw honey instead of maple syrup. Yum 😋. Definitely saved this recipe!

  65. Mike C says

    I cook a lot and usually do everything from scratch. I mostly stuck to the recipe and it was a great hit with the whole family. I elected to slow cook beef for four hours so I added the vegetables ( sweet and baby potatoes) about 20 minutes before the end. I also included strips of red pepper for extra colour.
    The tofu in peanut sauce was a great addition. Thanks

  66. Lynne Edwards says

    I was super nervous trying this out as I’ve never managed to make a properly delicious thai curry, but this is so simple and is absolutely delicious! Thank you so much! Xx

  67. Shaundra says

    Made this last night. It was fantastic!!!
    The best curry I have ever made at home (and I try a lot of different curry recipes). And it’s fast and easy!
    I added pre-poached chicken and red peppers when I added the lime juice – don’t forget the lime, it’s a magic ingredient! I also added a tiny splash of red boat fish sauce, used crunchy natural peanut butter, onions instead of shallots (I had to modify the recipe to fit what I had on hand), and some red pepper flakes for more heat.
    Can’t wait to make this again! DELICIOUS!!!

  68. Somer says

    YUM! For protein I used fish – I just used Basa but normally would use Snapper – and it was DELISH!!! The PB in there is so good! I used the random veg I had, and added more chilli. I didn’t use any sweetener as it didn’t seem to need it! I bet it’s gotten even better today! Yay for leftovers!

  69. Somer says

    Hi! Super keen to try – could I make with fish instead? As this is the only animal product I consume!! Thank you in advance!! :):)

  70. marie says

    I have made this so many times and it’s my base recipe for any kind of curry! I now load a lot of veggies and greens in this, and never skip on the peanut tofu. Thank you for sharing this!!

  71. Av says

    I’ve made this recipe multiple times now so thought it was about time I left a 5 star review! Such an easy, flavourful and comforting curry. I’ve made it with both tofu and beef but by far my favourite version is mixed veggies. Sweet potato is excellent. The toasted peanuts really make the dish – delish.

  72. Lindsey says

    Hello! This looks great but we only have 1 can of full Fat coconut milk, is it possible to substitute the other can for either whole milk or broth?

    Thanks! Plan on making this tonight and don’t want to run to the store :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Lindsey, we haven’t tried it, but we think that would work! Let us know how it goes!

      • Lindsey says

        Made this last night with 1 can full fat milk and 1 can whole milk and it was so good! Sometimes home curries lack flavor but this one did not! Paired it with the peanut tofu and will be making it again!

  73. Lynn says

    Would highly recommend not using coriander seeds but powder instead. Biting into a pod while eating is very unpleasant.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Lynn, sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy the coriander seeds! You could also use a mortar and pestle to crush them, if preferred. We find the seeds tend to be more flavorful. But ground would also work.

  74. Regan says

    So happy to have this recipe, it tastes just like restaurant massaman! I didn’t have cinnamon, cardamom or nutmeg and it still tasted delicious. I added some red pepper and cashews at the end, yum!

  75. Zara Kavanagh says

    Hi, I would like to add beef to this recipe, how would i go about this please? Thank you in advace!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Zara, we haven’t tried it, but we think it would work to cut into thin strips, cook in the Dutch oven in a little oil with sea salt, remove it from the pan, and then add it back toward the end. Let us know if you try it!

  76. Stephanie says

    I loved this curry!
    I used half the amount of Thai curry – that was plenty of heat for my taste, and peas and shrimp. I’d never thought to eat a curry with quinoa and it was quite tasty and somehow lighter than basmati rice.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Stephanie! Thanks so much for the lovely review!

  77. Tim says

    Question for this recipe – do I need to precook the chicken at all before adding it at step 4, or do I put it in raw?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Tim, No need to pre-cook it. Just chop into small cubes and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until cooked through. Hope that helps!

  78. Aoife says


    I only have full fat coconut milk, while I do have two cans, to keep it lighter could I use one can of the full fat coconut milk, and substitute the second can with 2% milk?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We haven’t tried it with 2% milk, but maybe? Or you could also try using 1 1/2 cans full fat coconut milk plus 1/2 can of water. Hope that helps!

  79. Josie says

    If I have massaman curry paste, should I omit all of the spices noted? How would you adjust? Sounds so delicious!

  80. Emer Cummins says

    Hi there!

    I am all out of corriander, can you suggest any substitutes?

    Let me know! && Love this idea, I have been craving massaman curry here in quarantine!

    Cheers :)

  81. Emer Cummins says

    Hi there!

    I am all out of corriander, can you suggest any substitutes?

    Let me know! && Love this idea, I have been craving massaman curry here in quarantine :)


    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Emer, hmm, we’re not sure! But maybe just omit? It looks like another reader did so with success. Hope that helps!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Catherine, we would suggest using 1 1/2 tins and adding some water to prevent it from being too thick. Might work with 2 though! Hope that helps!

  82. Ellen Dooley says

    This is an amazing recipe, and I have made it several times. I am going to try adding tofu this time around, but I am curious regarding whether or not it is fine to simply marinate and bake, or should I also go through the next step of tossing it in the peanut sauce??? I love your recipes so much!! Thank you!!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We think it’s especially good with the peanut sauce, but feel free to just marinate and bake!

  83. Ellie says

    I was wary to try a curry with peanut butter but this was sooo delicious! And now officially in my rotation. I had leftover red and yellow curry so used both and used bell peppers instead of carrots because that’s all I had. Threw in chickpeas for the protein option and served very hot over kale so the kale got all wilted, yum! I also followed the less coconut milk option with one can of light coconut milk and the rest with veggie broth. Took a star off because I would make the maple syrup optional – in trying to reduce added sweetener, you don’t miss it at all!

  84. Erin says

    This is a staple in my house! So easy and delicious. We normally eat it with cauliflower rice for a hearty meal.

  85. Terri Andersen says

    Followed the basic recipe using chicken. Paired it with quinoa. Delicious! And lots of leftovers. Will change it up with rice and more veggies for the next meal ?

  86. Raya Mufti says

    This was one of my favorite minimalist baker recipes! So so delicious. Tastes just as good the next day. I definitely will be making this again.

  87. Alyson says

    This is so delicious! I chopped up a head of broccoli and threw it in during step 4, and made some crispy peanut tofu to stir in at the end, and served it over rice, and it’s *so good.* I’d like to make it a little spicier next time, but it already has plenty of flavor!

  88. Lily Smith says

    THIS IS SO INSANELY DELICIOUS! I added jalapenos for some kick. I will make this again and again. So good. Highly recommend using the whole seeds. Bomb!!

  89. Mary says

    Most delicious food EVER! I have searched for this! Next time I will leave out the maple syrup I added probably twice as many vegetables. It’s just wonderful. Thank you.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Mary. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  90. Kevin says

    I happen to have picked up a container of Massaman Curry paste before I found your recipe- which sounds exactly like what i want! If I were to use that- you think I would just omit the cumin and coriander and cinnamon and follow the rest of the recipe as is ?

  91. Jessie says

    Great recipe. I fried up the onions, added the spices and curry paste in a pan. Then added everything to my slow cooker. Added zucchini, garlic, and mushroom (cause I adore mushrooms). Left if for 4 hours and it is PERFECTION! Veggies were so saturated with flavour. Didn’t even bother to add tofu in the end cause it looked so hearty as a veggie dish. Thanks Dana for another one to add to the recipe book.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Jessie. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  92. Natalie DiPaolo says

    Such a delightfully scrumptious and filling recipe! This recipe is seriously so easy and a flexible starting point for an amazing dinner — so many protein and grain options if you’re looking for a hearty meal. We served this with shrimp and rice noodles and it was spectacular. Creamy, rich, spicey (not hot), and fresh. I couldn’t find red curry paste so I used regular curry paste and it turned out great! Might do a little less PB next time just to let the curry shine a bit more. ?

  93. Taylor says

    Subbed sweet potatoes for the potatoes and added chickpeas and cauliflower. Also threw in a bunch of minced ginger. So so delicious!! ?

  94. Aditi says

    This recipe is AMAZING. I am a beginner cook and it came out perfect. My family loved it. As a person of South Asian descent, we love flavor and spice so we almost tripled all the spices as well as added some sriracha to the curry and it was really tasty. Not to mention the aroma in my house while making this was so pleasant!

    I also added seasoned baked tofu to the curry and it was a really delicious touch.

    I’m excited to try your other recipes because this one made me feel like a pro chef !!!

  95. David M Spencer says

    Made this tonight for my family exactly as it is in the recipe with 1 can of full fat coconut milk and 1 can of lite coconut milk. I didn’t use any water as the milk covered all the potatoes and carrots. I made the Crispy Peanut Tofu as well and some light brown rice on the side. This was one of the most amazing dishes ever. My family could not stop praising how amazing it was. The tofu was equally amazing. I will be making this again, and again, and again. I could literally eat this every day – that’s how awesome it was.

  96. Laura says

    This was such a delicious and easy recipe! I added some extra carrots and seared the chicken in avocado oil before adding to the curry. This was so much better than any massaman curry I’ve had in a restaurant. Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

  97. Audrey says

    I loved this! I was wondering what would be the best thing to use to make it a bit thicker? I know Massaman is typically runny but mine came out practically like water. I accidentally bought a can of coconut cream instead of milk so I used some of that but it didn’t seem to do much.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Interesting! You can use full fat coconut milk vs. light to make it thicker! So glad you enjoyed the flavors!

  98. Nikki says

    This recipe was outstanding!!! My husband and I like a rich curry so we omitted the water. We doubled the recipe using the shrimp option and used one full jar of the thai curry paste suggested. We used the powder instead of pods and full amounts for all add-ins (but no water and just one full jar of paste).

  99. Linda J. says

    I made this last night with the crispy tofu. Really good! I added a bit of broccoli just because I had it on hand. This morning my son went looking for leftovers and was disappointed that it was all gone.

  100. Katie says

    I make this exactly as outlined and it is always a huge hit with my family (kids age 9, 7 and 3). I found that using the Sprouts Organic marinated tofu saves me a lot of time, so if you are able to find something like that, it makes this receipt a cinch. SO SO GOOD!!!!

  101. Claudia says

    Incredible flavor and so easy to make. I subbed out the white potatoes with 3 unpeeled cubed sweet potatoes, added thinly sliced red peppers and 4 diagonally sliced scallions. Next time will add a cup of cooked chick peas. This recipe is a keeper!!!

  102. Jeanne says

    If using the tofu recipe suggested in the recipe, would you do the peanut sauce step described in the recipe? Or would you be able to skip that step since it’s being added to something with a sauce here? I wouldn’t want to compromise flavor but also wouldn’t want to take the time making that sauce if it’s not needed for the full effect of the dish. Thanks!

  103. Sue says

    This was super easy and delicious! I used two sweet potatoes and one baking russet in one inch cubes and tossed in a handful of fresh spinach at the end(what was in pantry). Topped with sliced avocado and toasted cashews and lots of fresh cilantro to match what our favorite restaurant does. Will definitely make again and excited to try it with the tofu recipe suggested.

  104. Dulce Vitiello says

    Recipe looks amazing. Could I use substitute cubed seitan in the recipe to make it ‘feel’ like a meaty massamam stew? I find this helps folks on their journey toward less animal products and more plant based foods.

    Thank you

  105. Mark Brice says

    Good recipe for basic spicing and sauce creation, but I used a large onion in addition to the shallots, and a LOT more peanut butter–probably over half a cup, of the pure peanut sort, no salt or sugar added. Also threw in a dash or two of fish sauce to add some funk (use with caution), and a little chili oil for heat. I once added some maple syrup as a sweetener when making masaman from a different recipe, and it was godawful; had to throw it out. With the increased PB that I use, added sweetener isn’t needed IMO, but if you must, brown sugar is a safer bet.

  106. Wendi says

    This looks amazing!!! How would you incorporate tempeh into this instead of tofu? Should it be steamed first? Or should I use the same crispy peanut recipe as you suggest for the tofu? Trying to add more tempeh to my diet :) Thank you!!

  107. Milena says

    Oh wow so many over the mood opinions… so traditionally Massaman is on a milder side and does everyone love the heat that 5 Tbsp of red Thai curry adds to it ?! Like really ?! So delicious ?! It’s out of balance and not how real Massaman should taste like. I did wonder and only put 3 Tbsp but already felt it was too much as well. And yeah, it was. Too spicy. I do love spicy food but I also love tasty and mild. For Massaman, that’s just too much. Hope this gets posted or else I shall investigate genuineness of all the other comments !

  108. Ngaire says

    I made this tonight and I didn’t have all the ingredients so did a few substitutions (and added a few extras) but it turned out great! I used brown onion instead of shallots, I didn’t have a lot of red curry paste so added a little bit of chillie and cayenne pepper for a bit more heat. I used sweet potato and potato and added some split red lentils and some left over tinned red kidney beans. I lightened it up with half the coconut milk and the rest vege stock. We ate it with brown rice and it was amazing! Thanks for the inspiration. It was great to have a recipe base to work from.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Ngaire. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  109. Madison says

    I made this last night and it was AMAZINGGGG. I am a horrible cook and this was super easy to make and came out delicious. I used soy curls for the protein to be like a vegan chicken alternative. I also added baby corn to the potatoes and carrots. I didn’t have any lime/lemon juice on hand so I just omitted and it still turned out great. YUM!

  110. Barbara Cohen says

    This is sooo yummy! Many thanks for the recipe. I used full fat coconut milk and removed part of the cream to lighten the curry. Also substituted red onion for shallots. My husband and I both love it! =o)

  111. Corey says

    Made this for the second time tonight and have done two variations. The first, I just chopped up soft tofu and tossed it into the curry and used two cans of light coconut milk as listed along with the lesser amounts of water, maple syrup, and tamari. Also used almond in lieu of peanut butter and 2 T of Thai Kitchen red curry paste rather than 5. Yum!!! Tonight, I followed the same as above, except I used one can of full fat coconut milk and one cup of unsweetened hemp milk, but made the crispy peanut (almond butter for me) tofu. Whoa. Took it way up! I served mine on roasted broccoli and can see many variations of this in the future – veggies, toppings, etc. Thank you!!

  112. Christina Culbertson says

    So amazing. I’ve made dozens of different curries this year and this one is definitely the best and most full of flavor variety. I used this sauce with baked sweet potato cubes (added nice texture), baked chicken (cooked at the same time on 425), kale and topped with a few spiraled zuccini noodles. It was so perfect. I also did the 1 can on coconut milk, half can of veggie broth. Added fresh ginger. The sauce was out of this world… creamy, a tad spicy, full of flavor. Will be adding to our regular rotation.

  113. Lynn A says

    This is the first recipe I’ve made from this website and it’s already one of my favorites! I added frozen peas, which gave it some additional color and flavor. Will try with broccoli as well. Served over riced cauliflower.

  114. Cheryl says

    We have a favorite restaurant where Massaman Curry is our favorite, this tastes EXACTLY like it! I added more carrots and come broccoli. Next time I will also add mushrooms and zucchini. I made the tofu version, tofu came out delicious but I forgot to add it until my last several bites so next time I will skip the additional work of making the tofu.

  115. Sarah says

    Another delicious recipe from MB that my whole family (including 2 year old daughter) enjoyed! I subbed homemade veggie stock for the water, added red lentils, frozen broccoli and peas because I had them on hand, and used cubed chicken thighs. So tasty and will definitely make again!

  116. Dolores says

    I have had a lot of issues with finding a good curry recipe…. this one is a keeper for the family. I got so excited to eat this I forgot to add the lime. It was still amazing. I made this with the suggested tofu recipe and white rice. Thanks a bunch!

  117. Alexandra says

    Just made this and I seriously can’t get over how yummy and easy it was! I am coming down with a cold and wanted something savory and warm and healthy that I could eat over the next few days that would re-heat well, and this is perfect. For protein I chose organic chicken breast, cubed it, and I did a quick marinade (just used the same spices in the recipe, plus a splash of oil) while I prepped the veggies. I browned the marinated chicken first in the pot used for the curry then popped the cubed chicken back in the curry the last 10 mins of simmering. Again, because I know I am going to have zero energy tomorrow with this cold, I added a whole bunch of coarsely chopped kale for some extra nutrients and it works so well slightly wilted in the curry. Thanks for this great recipe! This is definitely making it on our winter rotation!

  118. Erica says

    Hi! I’m very interested in making this tonight! It sounds amazing! Quick question though. I don’t have any red curry paste and I am wondering if the same amount of curry powder can be used and substituted. I believe it will change the taste and color, but wondering if it is possible if in a pinch for time and not wanting to go buy additional ingredients.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Erica, that would likely create a very different flavor profile and we aren’t sure it would work. It’s best to stick with red curry paste in this one. Hope that helps!

  119. Tina T says

    I just made this in my slow cooker. Medium heat for 3 hrs then low for another hour. I used butternut squash too and sprinkled green beans and chopped, roasted cashews on top. It was absolutely DELICIOUS!!! Thank you MB. This will be a firm family regular slow cooker meal. Yum yum yum!!

  120. Christine says

    Just made this tonight and loved it! I paired the curry with your Crispy Baked Tofu, which is also amazing. I love spicy food so I added the Thai chili spice to the curry, which gave it a really nice kick. Thanks for sharing this recipe! We’ll definitely make this again.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Christine. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  121. Jessica says

    This was SO DARN GOOD. But honestly, we’ve come to expect nothing less from Minimalist Baker curries. The cauliflower and chickpea curry is a favourite in our household, and we’ll definitely be adding this one to the rotation too. I followed the recipe nearly exactly, but was generous with the red curry, used a natural chunky peanut butter, and added a bunch of chopped kale at the end. I think this would also be good with green beans and with chickpeas as an easy protein – we’ll try this next time!

  122. Darin says

    This was really, really good. Prep time was longer than advertised probably just because I am not a chef. I doubled the recipe and should have checked the size of the Thai Kitchen red curry paste I bought. I should have bought 2 of the jars available at my store and fell just shy of the required amount. I spiced it up by topping with red pepper flakes while serving. I will be making this again, no doubt about it.

  123. Melissa S. says

    YUM!!!!! Omg this hit the spot on this cold gray November night. I subbed yellow onion & 2 cloves garlic since I didn’t have shallots, used rice wine vinegar since I had no limes, and did 1 can full-fat & 1 can light coconut milk. Also threw in a few kaffir lime leaves & some whole fried Thai chilies to infuse a little extra flavor as it simmered. I added a package of cubed Trader Joe’s baked sriracha tofu for the protein, served over jasmine rice & topped with roasted lightly salted peanuts. Unbelievable flavors! My house smells DELICIOUS & my tummy feels happy. Bonus: I almost always have all of the ingredients on hand so this ones going in the regular rotation for sure!

  124. Casey says

    Whoa this was fantastic. I used the curry as a base for some leftover veggies and it was perfect. I omitted the potatoes but tossed in spinach and some satuteed mushrooms during the last few minutes. Also, I ended up only using one can of coconut milk (went with full fat) and couldn’t find the coriander seeds (just used ground) and it still worked beautifully. Like the instructions, start with the smaller amount of soy sauce/maple syrup/spices and go slow with the added water. I found it was the perfect amount of slighty sweet and nutty, but needed only a touch more salt at the end. We may or may not have literally licked our bowls clean (hint: we did). Thank you so much!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Irene, you can sub the same amount as the whole seeds (or perhaps a little less). Let us know how it goes!

  125. Mindy thompson says

    Oh my goodness so good. Made this two nights ago and served it with cilantro and freshly roasted peanuts. Yum!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Wonderful – thanks for sharing, Mindy! This is one of our favorites, too! Next time would you mind adding a rating to your review? It’s super helpful to us and other readers! xo

  126. Megan says

    Really delicious! The only thing I’ll do differently next time is use ground coriander instead of whole seeds. I found the whole seeds too overpowering when crunching on them.

  127. Alexis Mclaughlin says

    I’ve made this around 5 times, once a week lately! I love it so much! I switched from Thia Curry paste to a different curry paste (one I bought from an Asian supermarket), it got super spicy, but still good! Best curry receipt ever! It has ruined all curry meals I get a restaurants!

  128. Sara Cook says

    This was amazing! Such depth of flavor and perfectly spiced. I added a lot more of each of the spices and much more salt as well, as well as some different veggies and chickpeas for protein. I did 1 can light coconut milk instead of 2 with an equal amount of water. It turned out perfectly! I am very excited for leftovers.

  129. jessica delaney says

    I’m planning to make this tomorrow evening for dinner with friends! I’m wondering if i can use my slow cooker? think it will all work out ok? I will use chicken and maybe shrimp too…Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jessica, we’d say it would work similarly to most other soups in the slow cooker – just be sure to sauté your onion / garlic, etc. on the front end to get flavor before you add everything to simmer on low.

  130. www.allwaysdelicious.com says

    Wow. This recipe looks incredible. I love Massaman curry but have never attempted to make it myself. I’m definitely going to try this version.

  131. Karlene says

    Super easy to make and quite delicious! I’m not too sure why mine wasn’t as red as yours, did you add more curry paste? Mine wasn’t as thick either but I think it’s because I used light coconut milk as full fat can be too rich for me. But I love making your recipes and having the leftovers for lunch for the rest of the week! This curry is super warm and autumnal! I used tofu for this and it was just super filling and yummy!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Karlene, we’re so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing! It could be that our curry paste was more red? And the light coconut milk is likely the reason it wasn’t as thick.

    • Karlene says

      Alright, leaving an updated review! I made this again and used 1 can of full fat coconut milk and 1 can of light and it was the perfect creamy texture! Also, somehow making this the second time, it came out better than the first time! Wow, I love this recipe!

  132. Jay says

    Very tasty and simple! Made as listed here. I was timid with the soy sauce so needed more salt but rather salt at the table than to oversalt in the pot. Didn’t add any protein so will definitely add more veggies next time to bulk it up.

  133. Anna Viehbeck says

    DUDE. This is so good. The flavours are just right — not too Indian, not too Thai, but in that sweet spot… I’m seriously digging this curry.
    Followed the recipe, used full-fat coco milk (the curry is very creamy) and paired it with brown rice and smoked tofu. Thank you for this gem!!

  134. Dominique says

    This recipe is amazing! I used red lentils instead. It is so easy to make and delicious. I love how all the spices blend together!

  135. Bianca Jade says

    This looks and sounds delish! I used to work at a Thai restaurant and Massamun curry was my favorite. I’ve recently discovered that I have a food intolerance to not only dairy, but also coconut – my fav. :( Have you ever attempted a curry with any other non-dairy milk options other than coconut? If so was it homemade or a specific store-bought variety? Thanks so much for sharing all of your delicious and inventive creations with us!

  136. Jill says

    REALLY great!! I added broccoli and tofu and doubled the spices. Surpassed my expectations! I’m due any day with baby number 2 and have been cooking/baking up a storm. Your recipes never disappoint! Thanks for the inspiration <3

  137. Alaska says

    Hello Dana!

    I used to work at a Thai restaurant, and really enjoyed Massaman curry. It is one that I would love to introduce my son to, however he has a peanut allergy. Would it be possible to substitute the roasted peanuts for roasted almonds and achieve a similar effect?

    Long time fan, love your blog and this new direction. Thank you for making it easy on everyone to find creative new recipes, no matter their diet.

    Thank you for your time!

  138. insta: theblissofgeorgethedragon says

    Making It…Smelling Amazing. My Kitchen lures me in more often, somehow in Fall. Ready for some fruit cake w/ Brandy Recipes and Chocolate Spice CAKE.

    Ekadrya & George the Parrot

  139. Alexandra says

    I was super excited to see this recipe! I am a massaman lover and have been wanting to replicate my favorite dish from the Thai restaurant I frequent. I added two tablespoons of fish sauce and found it added that extra something! Did you omit that in your recipe to keep the base vegan friendly or are you not a fish sauce fan (as I have found alot are not). Overall I LOVED it and am happy you have been adding non vegan options as I, too, try to stay vegan in my cooking but do occasionally have dairy/sea food.

  140. Alyssa says

    This looks extremely yummy! Any thoughts on how to adapt cooking times for a slow cooker?? I want to cook it overnight and bring to a work potluck :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I’d say it would work similarly to most other soups in the slow cooker – just be sure to sauté your onion / garlic, etc. on the front end to get flavor before you add everything to simmer on low.

  141. Darcy Lynn Vergallito says

    Living and cooking in a household of vegan, vegetarians and carnivores, cooking is not always easy. This was the PERFECT solution! I made this as written up to the point where it said to add the protein. I simply split the pot and added chicken to one. At the very end I added canned peas and fresh baby spinache to give it more body. It was wonderful!! Everyone in the household was happy! There was singing and dancing and …. (well in my Mom’s head that’s how it went!) :-) Thank you for your wonderful recipes!

  142. Kat says

    Another delicious recipe! Follow measurements to the T and everything works out amazing.
    I didn’t add any extra protein just green beans and red pepper ???