Massaman curry paste

  • Yield : 3 Tablespoons
  • Prep Time : 20m
  • Cook Time : 0m
  • Ready In : 20m

Massaman curry paste
Classic Massaman curry paste is quite unusual and different from the more popular and known red and green curry pastes. You will need this to make any Massaman curry preparation with chicken/prawns or just vegetables.


Step 1

Soak the dried chillies in water for 10 minutes and chop them up. Slice the lemon grass, ginger, garlic and chop the shallots and kaffir lime leaves. Roast the coriander, cumin, cardamom seeds till aromatic. Set aside to cool.

Step 2

The basic guideline in making the curry paste in a stone mortar and pestle is to pound ingredients in the following sequence adding them one at a time - Tough - Dry - Wet.

Step 3

Start with the coriander, cumin and cardamon seeds. Pound them thoroughly in a mortar and pestle. Pound ingredients one at a time in the following sequence - nutmeg, cinnamon, lemon grass, dried chillies, salt, ginger, kaffir lime leaves, coriander root, garlic and shallots. Add the shrimp paste in the end.

Step 4

Pound until you have a paste. Skip the shrimp paste if you want a vegetarian version.

My Notes
1. Skip the shrimp paste if you want a vegetarian version.
2. Use birds eye chillies if you want a spicier version.
Curry paste tips
1.Use the ingredients in sequence as instructed.
2.Keep the paste a little rough for the jungle curry paste. For all other pastes make it fine and smooth.
3.The curry paste can be used in small quantities for salads – needs to be lightly fried with garlic and chilies
4.Pounding is important. Pound and make a paste. Do not use a sideways motion as it will just make it more watery. Grinding in a mixer/grinder is an alternative but not as good as pounding to release the flavors.

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