Masaman Curry is one of my favorite Thai dishes and a way that I judge Thai Restaurants when I visit. Masaman is a rich, slightly sweet curry from Southern Thailand. It’s frequently served with beef or chicken, but can also be made with tofu, seafood or pork. The term Masaman may actually be a derivation of the word muslim, which is the origin of this dish.
Last night I noticed a Masaman sauce available at our local grocery store and figured it would be a good night to try this out. Many of you know that Rachel has never tried Thai food and is somewhat leery of many asian dishes after her mission trips to South Korea! Scroll through and take a look at how I put this together and at the end we’ll see if Rachel likes it
1-lb of boneless/skinless chicken
2 Yukon Gold potatoes
1 Lg sweet onion
1 Sweet red pepper
8-oz fresh, sliced mushrooms
1-Tbs Vegetable Oil
Masaman Curry Sauce
Crushed red pepper
I began by slicing up the chicken breasts and cooking them over medium heat in a large saute pan with 1 Tbs of vegetable oil.
Next, as the chicken cooked, I peeled and diced the Yukon Gold potatoes. These went into a salted pot of boiling water to get tender while the chicken sizzled away.
Next up, the Sweet Onion and Sweet Red Pepper.
These got sliced and chopped coarsely.
About this time I got the rice started – I really like Jasmine rice for it’s stickiness and fragrant taste.
After cleaning, washing and slicing some fresh mushrooms, I added all of the veggies to the skillet with the nearly cooked chicken.
Now its time to add the Masaman sauce – yeah, I know it’s cheating, but since I have never made this I figured I could use a crutch! Next time, I promise, all fresh ingredients! I added the entire jar to the saute pan, turned the heat up to High and brought the entire mixture to a boil, then reduced the heat, covered the pan and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.
The final dish turned out quite tasty!
And Yes! Rachel tried it and LOVED it! I think we may have a Thai-convert in the making!!
Check out my favorite Thai Cookbook
Quick & Easy Thai: 70 Everyday Recipes