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Bowl of Massaman Curry with Rice, Peanuts and Scallions
Thai Massaman Curry with Sweet Potatoes and TofuMassaman Curry Paste
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Crispy pan-fried tofu, veggies and tender sweet potato chunks are simmered in a peanutty Thai-spiced coconut curry sauce to create this flavorful vegan massaman curry.
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, Thai
Servings: 6
Calories: 485 kcal
Author: Alissa
For the Massaman Curry Paste
  • ½ cup roasted peanuts
  • 1 tbsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • tsp. ground pepper
  • tsp. ground nutmeg
  • tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 5-15 dried red chili peppers* soaked in water for about 10 minutes and seeded (use gloves!)
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass, minced
  • 1 three inch piece of fresh ginger root, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 ½ tsp. lime rind
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • juice of 2 limes
For the Massaman Curry
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans coconut milk
  • ¼ cup homemade massaman curry paste, recipe above or 1 can of store bought
  • 1 sweet potato, diced into ½" to 1" cubes
  • 2 cups fresh green beans, chopped to 1" to 2" pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 lb extra firm tofu
  • about 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • about 4 scallions, sliced
  • ¼ cup roasted peanuts, chopped
To Make the Massaman Curry Paste
  1. Place all ingredients in food processor bowl and process until a paste is formed, scraping bowl as needed.
To Make the Massaman Curry
  1. Drain and press tofu.
  2. Mix coconut milk and curry paste in large saucepan. Heat to a simmer, stirring frequently.
  3. Add sweet potato, and allow to simmer about ten minutes.
  4. Add green beans and simmer about another four minutes, and then add pepper and simmer another two minutes. Your broth should be thick and creamy by now and your veggies tender.
  5. Taste test, and add a bit more curry paste if you'd like some extra umph.
  6. While your veggies simmer, cut your tofu into bite sized pieces. Heat oil over medium skillet, and pan fry tofu pieces on each side until slightly browned.
  7. Add tofu to curry mixture. Ladle onto plates or bowls and top with scallions and peanuts. Serve with rice.
Recipe Notes

Base the number of chili peppers on your personal heat preference. If you're not sure how many to use, go with less. You can always add some extra peppers or chili paste to the curry during cooking.

Nutrition Facts
Thai Massaman Curry with Sweet Potatoes and TofuMassaman Curry Paste
Amount Per Serving
Calories 485 Calories from Fat 379
% Daily Value*
Fat 42.1g65%
Saturated Fat 31.1g156%
Sodium 392mg16%
Potassium 755mg22%
Carbohydrates 21.4g7%
Fiber 8.2g33%
Sugar 8.7g10%
Protein 12.8g26%
Calcium 160mg16%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.