Quivertree_Massaman Pork Curry May 2023 (1)

Pork Massaman Curry

This curry is quite different from other Thai curries in that it uses a variety of spices as well as tamarind, a sweet-and-sour fruit which is made into a paste. These additions give it a rich, earthy flavour with a nice acidity, as opposed to the bright, fresher flavours of red and green curry.
Recipe info
This curry is quite different from other Thai curries in that it uses a variety of spices as well as tamarind, a sweet-and-sour fruit which is made into a paste. These additions give it a rich, earthy flavour with a nice acidity, as opposed to the bright, fresher flavours of red and green curry.
Ingredients
  • 1 kg pork shoulder, cubed
  • Coconut oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 10 curry leaves (fresh or dried)
  • 2 cans (400g each) coconut milk
  • 6 potatoes, peeled and halved
  • 2-3 tablespoons (30-45ml) palm sugar
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) tamarind paste

 

CURRY PASTE

  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) cumin seeds 1 tablespoon (15ml) coriander seeds
  • 6 long dried chillies, soaked in water
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 4 cloves
  • 1⁄3 cup (80ml) dry-roasted peanuts
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4cm piece of ginger
  • 2 shallots or 1 small red onion

 

FOR SERVING

  • Jasmine rice
  • Handful of chopped coriander
method

Place all the curry paste ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth, or pound using a mortar and pestle.

Melt coconut oil in a large saucepan and fry the curry paste until fragrant. Tip in the pork and carry on frying until the meat is well coated and begins to colour.

Add the spices and coconut milk, plus 1½ cups water, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.

Add the potatoes, palm sugar, fish sauce and tamarind paste, and continue cooking until the meat and potatoes are tender.

Serve over jasmine rice, scattered with chopped coriander.

WHY NOT…

… replace the tamarind paste with equal quantities of lime juice or rice wine vinegar and brown or palm sugar, mixed together, or use pomegranate molasses.

… add flat rice noodles to the dish and serve it as a Thai-style ramen.

… make a quick version by using shop-bought curry paste, and pork fillet that has been seared and added at the end of the cooking time.

Explore similar recipes

Explore similar recipes

Related products

No data was found

Discover More Recipes

Pork stew with tomato gravy

Killer Mac and Cheese

CLASSIC BOBOTIE

Rolled Pork Neck

Mexican Carnitas

Pork Katsu

How to cook the perfect Gammon this holiday season

Pork chops with strawberry salsa 

Perfect Sauces for Pork

Beer glazed roasted pork belly strips (or ribs)

Pea and Ham Soup with Bockwurst

Jason’s Pig Cheeks Braised in Sheba