Monday, April 13, 2009

Gaeng Massaman - Thai Massaman Curry

Thai is my favorite non-Indian cuisine. The variety of noodles, rice and curries in Thai cuisine is amazingly huge. The more I dug into it, the more I liked! Massaman curry or Gaeng Masaman is a curry from South Thailand. Masaman means "muslim". The dry spices used in this curry paste are thought to be brought over to Thailand by Muslim traders. Hence the name. I use Maesri curry pastes in my Thai cooking at home. The end result has always been wonderful and taste just like the restaurant version. They come in convenient little one-time-use cans and make Thai cooking a breeze. I read somewhere that many Thai restaurants in the US use Maesri pastes too!

Info on the curry and the recipe is from here. The curry paste has a LOT of oil. So I used coconut cream to fry the paste in, instead of more oil as the recipe suggested. I normally add fish sauce as well but I cooked this specifically for the vegan event and so skipped that here.

Update: Apparently, the massaman paste contains shrimp paste as well. I checked the ingredients on the Maesri tin and it does not list shrimp paste as one of them. I do believe it is vegan.



Ingredients:

1 small can massaman curry paste (about 4 tbsp)
1 can coconut milk
1 medium onion, sliced
2 potatoes, cut into big sized pieces
1 small block of tofu, cut into chunks
1 tbsp cashews (or roasted peanuts)
1-2 bay leaves
3-4 cardamom pods
1/4 cup water
1 tsp palm sugar (or brown sugar)
1/2 tsp tamarind paste

Into a heated pot, put about 1 tsp of coconut cream and the massaman paste. Fry for 2-3 minutes.
Add the thick coconut cream that's on top of the coconut milk can. Mix and simmer until the oil separates.
Add potatoes, onions, tofu, the remaining coconut milk from the can, bay leaves and cardamom pods. Add some water, if too think. Mix well. Cover and cook on low for at least 15-20 minutes.
Add palm sugar and tamarind paste. Simmer for a few more minutes.
Serve with fragrant jasmine rice or rotis.

45 comments:

Asha said...

Beautiful color, hope it's not fiery as it supposed be. I once used a bottled Thai red curry, it was so SPICY! :D

Gorgeous dish for this, I love canned coconut milk, gives you smooth sauce unlike ground one.

My Thai dish is coming on Wednesday, made it authentic way watching U Tube! hahaha!!

Priya said...

The curry looks stunning Vani, this is such a gorgeous entry for the event. Thank you :-) and the website you referred to seems to have tons of recipe ideas.

indosungod said...

Oh my, mouth watering and I just had lunch! I have not used maeari paste, I am definitely looking for it.

meeso said...

That certainly does look good, I can see the flavor!

Pooja said...

Gravy looks mouthwatering..Sounds new to me..

Priya Sriram said...

Thai cuisine is my another favourite from Asian cuisines... This dish made me look at it for a long time with hungry eyes.... :D
Awesome entry Vani!

Vaishali said...

The color of that curry made me really hungry and I had lunch not long ago! Thanks for this delicious recipe, Vani-- I can't wait to try it.

Cham said...

This one is dam tempting for the fiery look! Never tried the can paste sounds much cool!

Vani said...

Asha - it looks foery but it wasn't. Looking forward to your Thai curry :)

Priya - thanks! and thnks fo hosting this event too!

ISG - I find the maesri paste in all Oriental stores. Should be easy to find those. And the small tims certainly are convenient.

Meeso - thanks! :)

Vani said...

Priya S - thanks, girl!

Vaishali - thanks for stopping by and the nice comment! will try to participate more in the forthcoming iavw events :)

Pooja - thanks! I think red curry and green curry are the more popular of the Thai curries. I like this one just as much :)

Cham - yeah, the curry sure looks fiery hot but it was not. I think had I fried longer, it'd have been really spicy! tinned curry pastes are definitely convenient and this particular one tastes authentic too.

Varsha Vipins said...

Massaman paste sounds new to me as I am not a big lover of Thai..I love the spiciest types of all foods..:D..But this looks like my type ..yummm n delish dear..:)

Ashwini said...

Wow looks so spicy and delish..I am drooling all over..Love Thai food any time..Looks yummm

delhibelle said...

oh my..that looks gorgeous!

Sharmila said...

Even though I love Thai noodles and rice, am slowly learning to love the curry ... yours looks perfect Vani! :-)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow droolworthy....Yum .....

sra said...

I was looking for galingale, kaffir lime, etc, because I have a small stash of those and need to finish them - never mind, I'll just follow your recipe and add them anyway!

Jayashree said...

Looks spicy....love the colour.

Vani said...

Varsha - ha ha..you're the only desi I know that does not like Thai :) Curry was spicy but not as fiery as it looked.

Ashwini, Delhibelle - thanks :)

Sharmila - that's how it was for me too. I'd only order rice and noodles first, then ventured into curries :)

Lubna - thanks :)

Sra - can never be bad using galangal and kaffir lime leaves - so go on! :)

Jayashree- thaks :)

Priya said...

Looks spicy and lovely thai dish:)

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. totally new to me.. thxs for sharing.. nice entry.. great pic..

Laavanya said...

Absolutely love the look and colour of this curry - I've not cooked with massaman paste before... have only made the usual red & green curries.

Deepa Hari said...

ur curry is making me drool...absolutely delicious Vani...Nice entry for the event.

sharada said...

yummm...my mouth is watering looking at your snap.You have captured it so well.You have a very nice blog (sorry i used to visit it as a silent visitor)
Thank you dear for dropping by & for that lovely comment.
Do come again.

Uma said...

ooh, this curry looks so tempting and yummy. Nice entry Vani! :)

Sandeepa said...

I use that same brand of pastes too, very convenient.
The curry looks vibrant and lovely. I love all kind of Thai food.

Jaya said...

Oh Just look at the colour of gravy ..makes me drool over it ..I need my share now LOL..
I guess Thai cuisine is spicy , but I remember going to a Thai restaurant few years back in US ,they would ask us to rate our preference for hotness in red curry on scale of upto 10 ..we would end up oredering them to make 7/10 but still that used to be enough spicy and hot for us LOL.. But the taste it still lingers on our mouth err mind..
hugs and smiles

Vani said...

Priya- thank you :)

SK - thanks :)

Laavanya - I think youll like this one too, Laavi!

Deepa- thanks :)

Sharada - thanks for the comment! hope to see u more :)

Uma - thanks :)

San - I think most os us Indians would take well to Thai, sorta similar flavors. Those pastes are definitely very convenient.

Jaya - I stick with medium spice (3/5) or sometimes even 2/5. But you're right, their spicy is REALLY spicy for most of us :)

Priya Sriram said...

Hi Vani, I have shared an award with you in my blog.. Pls accept it :)

DEESHA said...

tht looks just lovely vani ..

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Thanks for dropping by Vani... You have an awesome space shall keep stopping by for more... As you mentioned, Thai cuisine is vivid and exhausting sometime, Lovely dish, perfectly cooked... gotta try this for sure... I am a Thai cusine fan ;)

Purva Desai said...

This curry looks yumm....hot and sizzling

Vani said...

Priya - thanks!! Just left u a comment :)

Deesha, Ramya, Purva - thanks, girls :)

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Yasmeen said...

Love the luscious color of the thai curry,with tofu and potatoes,I'm craving for this now:)

n33ma said...

Love the color,I can imagine how good this must have been with som jasmine rice.

Adlak's tiny world said...

looks superb... nice color and beautiful pic..

Vani said...

VIncent - am a member already :)

Yasmeen - thanks for stopping by! and the nice comment :)


Neeema - perfect combi!

ATW - nice to see you here! thanks for the comment :)

Lavi said...

Curry Looks absolutely Delicious! I also liked your That Noodle's. But i dont have enough ingredient's to try it a shot..

Vani said...

Thanks, Lavi!

Jenn said...

Where do you find Vegan Massaman Curry paste? I've only seen it with Shrimp Paste in it...

Vani said...

Jenn - I need to check this up since I'm not sure if the Maesri paste I used had shrimp paste in it.

Sanjana said...

My favourite! Yum!

Anonymous said...

FYI: Massman curry is not good for vegans. Massman curry paste contains shrimp paste.

Vani said...

Thanks, Anon. Will remove vegan tag.

Vani said...

Checked the ingredients of the paste on the Maesri tin. It does not contain shrimp paste. This is a vegan dish.