Best Beef Massaman Curry

Submitted by Jaydde Blaxland

Best Beef Massaman Curry

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Serving: 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1 kg gravy beef or chuck steak, trimmed, cut into large peices
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 1 375g massaman curry paste (I used Valcom)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup Campbell's Real Stock Beef
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 3 cm peices
  • 2 cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 star anise
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 cube palm sugar, cut finely
  • Parsley to garnish
  • Peanuts to garnish


  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until hot. Combine beef and flour, toss until coated. Add beef. Cook, stirring constantly, until evenly browned. Remove.
  • Add Beef, coconut milk, coconut cream, stock, potatoes, onion, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, star anise and curry paste, to slow cooker. Stir to combine. Place on low for 6-8 hours, depending on cooker ( I have a Kambrook 6l and it takes 7 hours)
  • One hour before end of cooking time, add the fish sauce, lime juice and palm sugar.
  • Serve with coconut rice. Garnish with parsley and peanuts.

10 thoughts on “Best Beef Massaman Curry”

  1. This is the best Massaman Curry I have ever had and is now a favourite in our house . I encourage everyone to try it and it’s so easy to prepare …..YUM!!

  2. This recipe was fabulous..i didnt brown meat first just threw it all in and cooked on low for 8 hours. Used 1 tin of maesri massaman paste and this made a perfect mild curry if you dont like it too hot! Might use extra paste next time for a spicier version. Yum this will definitely be my new go to recipe.

  3. I love massaman & had high hopes but though I used slightly less curry paste & only 3 star anise the sauce was really strong & not in a good way husband & kids wouldn’t eat it. Not sure what I did wrong followed recipe apart from reducing two things above.

  4. Delicious, family loved it!!

    I did buy palm sugar that didn’t come in cubes and was told between a tsp and tbsp (depending on taste) is a good amount…I ended up using a tsp, could have used a little more!

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