CHICKEN MASSAMAN CURRY WITH A TWIST OF COCONUT SHOOTS
This immensely popular southern Thai curry is influenced by the cuisines of India and Malaysia and has a sweet and mild flavor rather than the intense spiciness of other Thai curries. Also unlike most other Thai spices, it’s enriched with plenty of fragrant dry spices, the rich aromas of which shine through in the final dish. Massaman is delicious with on-the-bone or sliced chicken, beef, lamb, or goat – whichever meat you use, it needs time to cook slowly and allow the flavors to fully develop, especially if using a large joint of meat (and it tastes even better the next day!)
The original cooking with potatoes, the twist is below
Chef Alyssa with her Thai cuisines
Massaman curry with a twist
Thai cooking with a twist
Serves two as part of a spread of dishes
Cooking time 30-40 mins
For the Massman curry paste:
(for 2 potions curry and marinate cooked chicken tight)
8 dried red Serrano chilies, soak in lukewarm water (40 C) for 40 mins
1tsp toast, cardamom pods
1tsp cinnamon stick
1tsp star anise
1tsp coriander seeds
1tsp cumin seeds
1tsp white peppercorns
4 fresh coriander roots
1tbsp, toast sliced galangal
2tbsp, toast sliced lemongrass
2tbsp, toast whole shallots
1tbsp, toast baby garlic cloves
For the curry: (for 1 portion)
250ml coconut cream
¼ cup of chicken stock (made from 2 the chicken tights and 2 liters of water)
1 large bone-in chicken thigh, cut in big chunks
(cooked from the above and marinate with 1tbsp of curry paste)
60ml of coconut milk/not cream to adjust the consistency of the sauce
½ cup, coconut shoot, peeled and cut in big chunks
½ cup, cooked pumpkins, cut in big chunks
2tbsp toasted cashew nuts
1tbsp fish sauce
½ tbsp palm sugar
2tbsp tamarind concentrate
5 small shallots/ 1 whole white onion, cut into chunks
2 bay leaves
1tsp coriander leaves (optional, to garnish)
1. To make the curry paste, break open three of the cardamom pods and empty the contents into a shallow pan, along with the remaining dry spices, and toast over medium-low heat to release the smells and flavors until the spices just begin to brown. Allow to cool, then grind everything, and set aside.
In a grinder/ food processor, add ground the toast (dried chilies and coriander roots), toast (galangal and lemongrass), toast (garlic and shallots), add water that soaks the dried chilies for 3tbsp and grinds all toast ingredients until you have a fine paste, then set aside.
Add dried spices from above 2 tbsp, put them back into the grinder and grind them all together again to get Massaman curry paste
2. Bring half of the coconut cream to the boil on high heat until it cracks and releases oils on its surface, then reduce the heat to medium-high, and add 3tbsp of the curry paste. Stir until combined, and cook through until fragrant in order to further release the oils, then add the remaining coconut cream to make the sauce. Add coconut shoots/potatoes to cook until the shoots start to get softer then add shallots and continue to cook through then add chicken stock. Once the shallots are transparent, add cooked and marinated chicken thigh and use a spoon to gently baste the chicken with the liquid. Sprinkle 2tbsp of cashew nuts, and heat through for one minute. Reduce the heat to cook all ingredients to reduce nicely. Add coconut milk and season with fish sauce, tamarind and palm sugar. Add cooked pumpkins and continue cooking till the curry sauce slightly reduced and release more oil, then taste the sauce then remove from the heat. Add to the bowl, sprinkle the coriander leaves over the top. Serve with steamed rice.
Using sweet potato adds a nice flavourful twist to this curry, but you can substitute it for a regular potato if you prefer.
If you can’t find coriander roots, use the stems instead; likewise, replace palm sugar with white sugar if necessary.
Add your own twist
To make the curry paste vegetarian-friendly, in the curry itself, replace the fish sauce with soy sauce, and use tofu instead of chicken.
Leave the leftover Massaman curry paste for another portion of Mussaman curry next time or you can cook 2 portions at the same time but double ingredients from step 2 to cook in 2 potions
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