Massaman Curry Paste Recipe (Nam Phrik Kaeng Massaman)
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 Tbsp coriander seeds, roasted
- 1 tsp cumin seeds, roasted
- 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 4 oz shallot, finely chopped
- 1 oz garlic, finely chopped
- 4 oz lemongrass, (bottom part of stem only) finely sliced
- 1 Tbsp sliced galangal
- 1 Tbsp chopped coriander root
- 1 tsp grated kaffir lime rind (fresh or dried, soaked)
- 1 tsp ground white pepper
- 10-15 large dried red chilies, roasted, seeded & chopped
- 1 Tbsp coarse sea salt
- 1-2 Tbsp Thai shrimp paste (good quality)
- 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.
Recipe and Images © 2010 Temple of Thai
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