This great curry has fantastic flavours and will please anyone who loves a massaman curry. The sauce is made from scratch allowing you to adjust the tastes and flavours to suit your families palates. 5-6 Chillies might be too hot to handle for some.

This dish pairs beautifully with a full bodied Shiraz – we love to pair with Fox at The Door Shiraz from Winenutt

Massaman Curry

Massaman Beef Curry

This Massaman curry is to die for. It packs a real punch in flavour. Recipe can be cooked in a pressure cooker, slow cooker or on the stove in a cast iron pot. We loved making this with just 30 mins in the pressure cooker and the meat just melted in our mouth. This recipe includes the ingredients to make a home made paste but you can also use a jar of Massaman curry paste instead.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Malaysian
Servings 6 people
Calories 602 kcal


  • 4 Pods Cardamom Toasted
  • 1/2 tbsp Cummin Seeds Toasted
  • 1 tsp Ground Nutmeg Toasted
  • 1 tbsp Ground Coriander Toasted
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Ginger
  • 1/2 Stalk Lemon Grass Toasted
  • 5-6 Long Red Chilli Roasted
  • 4 Whole Shallots Roasted
  • 1 Head Garlic Roasted
  • 1 tsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 kg Diced Beef Chuck Steak
  • 4 Potatos Diced
  • 3-4 Carrots Diced
  • 2 cans Coconut Cream
  • 1 cup Peanuts
  • 1 tin Pineapple Diced and drained
  • 1/4 cup Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 1 tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tsp Tamarind Paste


  • add your dry spices to the motar and pestle or your blend and crush. Then add your ginger, lemongrass, chillis, shallots and garlic one at a time and crush until smooth. Add your salt and combine until smooth.
  • Sear your beef on the stove top or in your pressure cooker.
  • Add the paste and remaining ingredients to the cooker except for your pineapple and combine.
  • Set the pressure cooker to 80kpg for 30 minutes. Alternatively cook in the slow cooker on low for 7-8 hours until meat is tender. You could also cook this on your stove in a cast iron pot for 2-3 hours on a gentle simmer until the meat is tender.



Calories: 602kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 51gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 733mgPotassium: 1750mgFiber: 9gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 5463IUVitamin C: 86mgCalcium: 121mgIron: 7mg
Keyword Beef, Curry, Malaysian, Meat, Quick & Easy
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