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Over the last couple of years I’ve experimented with various Thai flavours and have become very familiar with it’s Sweet, Sour and Salty trilogy. From Red & Green curry pastes to Pad Thai, I’ve made it all and loved it and now it is time to perfect the Massaman curry paste blend. In a lot of ways as one of my subscribers pointed out, Thai cooking is very similar to Indian. Spices & Chillies are roasted for this blend and then  ground together with Garlic, Lemongrass, Galangal & Shallots with Lime Juice and either bean paste or shrimp paste to make a delicious blend.

This will store in your fridge for a few weeks and you could also freeze it. It’s great in a Massaman Curry obviously, but I also use it in a Peanut sauce to accompany my Satay and in a Massaman Noodle Salad.

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Massaman Curry Paste


  • 1 tsp each Fennel seeds, Coriander seeds, Cloves, Cardamoms, White Peppercorns, Black peppercorns & Cinnamom sticks
  • 6 dried Red Chillies
  • 2 tbsps each Garlic, Galangal, Lemongrass and Shallots
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 -3 tbsps Chilli bean paste or Shrimp paste
  • 4 – 6 tbsps Chilli Oil


  1. Lightly toast all the dry spices and chillies and grind to a powder
  2. Add the Garlic, Galangal, Lemongrass and Shallots, Chilli bean paste or Shrimp paste & Chilli Oil and grind it in your food processor to a smooth paste
  3. If using a mortar and pestle, remove the shells from the Cardamom.