Thai Massaman Curry with Beef

The word Massaman means “Muslim” named after the Muslim traders who brought spices such as cinnamon, cumin, cloves, nutmeg and turmeric from India and the Middle East. This curry originated from southern Thailand and is one of my favorite curries to eat when the weather is chilly. It’s a hearty, comforting meal that’s commonly made with beef, potatoes and Indian spices.

You can easily substitute beef with lamb, pork, chicken or tofu. This curry is traditionally mild in terms of spiciness and not made with carrots; however, I love my curries spicy and I think the carrots add a subtle sweetness. Try the recipe with carrots first and then try it without and see if you can taste the difference. This curry will also be a little thicker than typical Thai curries. If you think the curry is too thick, just add a few tablespoons of water to thin it out.

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masssaman curry

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Thai Cucumber and Shrimp Salad

A light, crispy salad with a combination of sweet, sour and spicy to welcome the warm weather. It has shrimp, cucumbers, bell peppers, shallots, chili peppers, Thai basil, and cilantro. The sauce contains lime juice, fish sauce and palm sugar. This salad is great to have as an appetizer or entree. You can substitute the shrimp with shredded chicken, beef or tofu.

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Thai Cucumber and Shrimp Salad

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