Massaman Curry Paste Recipe (Nam Phrik Kaeng Massaman)

Homemade Thai Massaman Curry Paste
Massaman Curry Paste(Click to enlarge)
This curry paste can be used to make massaman curry — a popular Muslim-style curry from southern Thailand.

A heavy granite mortar and pestle is particularly useful for bringing out the full flavor of the spices when making this curry paste.

See our delicious Massaman Curry recipe that accompanies this homemade curry paste recipe.



  1. If using whole dried spices, pulverize in a small electric blender container or a granite mortar and pestle. Then pound together all of the ingredients in a mortar and pestle except the shrimp paste until finely pulverized with no visible chili pieces. Last mash in the shrimp paste with the pestle. Set aside until time to add to your Massaman Curry recipe. Freeze any leftovers in a zip-lock bag in table-size portions.

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Also see:

Nittaya Curry Paste

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