Massaman Curry Paste

Alternate Spellings: Mussaman Curry Paste

Cuisine: Thai

Region: Southern Thailand

Recipe Type: Sauce

Average User Rating: 1.21 / 5

Vegetarian / Vegan: Vegan


1 tsp galangal
1/4 cup garlic
1/4 cup shallots
1 tsp fresh minced lemongrass
2 cloves
1 tsp. cumin seed
1 TB coriander seed
6 black peppercorns
1/2 cinnamon stick
1/8 tsp. fresh grated nutmeg
12 dried red chilis
1 tsp. cilantro root
1 tsp. kaffir lime leaf, finely chopped
1 tsp. soybean paste


Toast coriander seed, chilis, cumin seed, peppercorns, cinnamon, and cloves over medium-low heat until slightly browned and aromatic. Add nutmeg to mixture and grind in a spice grinder. Add ground spice to rest of ingredients in a mortar and pestle or food processor and pound/pulse until you get a smooth paste. Keeps in the refrigerator for a few weeks.

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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: n/a

Servings: 1 cup

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