Cook's Hideout: Vegetarian Thai Massaman Curry

January 25, 2015

Vegetarian Thai Massaman Curry

Blogging Marathon# 48: Week 4/ Day 2
Theme: 1 Cuisine -- 3 Dishes
Dish: Thai Massamun Curry
After the refreshing first course of yesterday's Green Papaya Salad, I have a spicy, sweet and tangy Thai Massamun curry today. This curry is very aromatic and flavorful and uses a variety of Indian herbs and spices. I thought the curry tasted a lot of tangy, sweet South Indian pulusu.
Vegetarian Thai Massaman Curry
If you have the curry paste already prepared and ready to go, then this dish does not take long to make. This curry is also very versatile and can be customized to ones likes and dislikes. I added some tofu puffs that I had in the freezer to amp up the protein, but regular tofu or soy chunks can also be used instead.
The most important ingredient of the curry, apart from the curry paste itself, is tamarind. That is what distinguishes Massamun curry from the other Thai curries. The other usual ingredients like coconut milk, coconut cream, soy sauce and palm sugar are all in this dish. This is a very hearty and delicious curry that goes well with steamed Jasmine rice.

Ingredients: Serves 3~4
Baby Potatoes - 6~8, peeled
Pearl onions - ½cup, peeled
Carrots - 2 medium, peeled and diced into ¼" cubes
Tofu puffs - ½cup, chopped (or use firm or extra firm tofu instead)
Massamun Curry paste - ¼cup (homemade or store bought)
Coconut Cream - ½cup, divided
Coconut Milk - 1½cups
Roasted Peanuts - ¼cup
Tamarind paste - 2tbsp
Light Soy sauce - 2tbsp or more to taste
Palm sugar - 2tbsp
Cardamom seeds - 2
Bay leaf - 1
Cinnamon stick - 1" piece

  • Heat ¼cup of coconut cream in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the curry paste and cook 3~5 minutes or until fragrant.
  • Add all the rest of the ingredients, except for the remaining ¼cup of coconut cream, and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to low and simmer covered for 10~15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  • Remove from heat and top with the reserved ¼cup of coconut cream. Serve with steamed rice.
Let's check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 48.


  1. Yummy !! Looks like something you can make ahead and enjoy all week .. Good choice

  2. Interesting vegan Thai massaman curry, that bowl of curry looks simply out of the world.

  3. wow love the curry.. very inviting and tempting

  4. The curry looks awesome. What a hearty meal.

  5. Curry looks wonderful and scrumptious .Would love to taste with rice.

  6. I am sure this would be relished by my family. .I love the ingredients going in there. And yes I like that wooden spoon too.

  7. what a hearty Thai curry - looks delicious

  8. Hearing about this for the first time Pavani, very nicely presented!

  9. Looks like my kind of side, i can have this a bowl or two and call it a meal!!!

  10. This curry is yummy and delicious.

  11. Absolutely delicious looking massaman curry,lovely clicks as always..

  12. This is my favorite when we eat out! How good the homemade one looks :)

  13. This curry looks awesome,cute clicks

  14. A delicious curry beautifully presented.

  15. Looks interesting, Wondering what these Tofu Puffs are..

  16. Nice presentation Pavani...the curry sounds interesting and looks awesome. Jayanti(


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