Best Beef Massaman Curry


March 12, 2015

Best Beef Massaman Curry 5 0 5 7
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 7 hrs
  • 15 mins

    7 hrs

    7 hrs 15 mins

  • Yields: 4-6


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


1Heat 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.

2Add 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)

3One hour before end of cooking time, add the fish sauce, lime juice and palm sugar.


5Serve with coconut rice. Garnish with parsley and peanuts.



Submitted by Jaydde Blaxland


10 Reviews

Bernadette MacDonald

January 16, 2022

Absolutely delicious.
Will be a favourite in my house

Bernadette MacDonald

January 16, 2022

Absolutely amazing.
Will be a favourite in my house.


August 20, 2021

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!


August 2, 2018

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.


June 8, 2018

Any alternative to palm sugar please ?


May 1, 2018

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.


January 12, 2018

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!!

Lynette Maguire

June 1, 2017

Delicious, could have added more meat as there was lots of sauce.


May 8, 2017

Was delicious, will be making it again for sure. All my 3 teenagers and huby loved it, bonus!!

Jill Stone

September 27, 2016

Very nice, three children all ate it happily. Will make again.

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