My sister was the inspiration for this totally delicious vegan massaman curry.
She and her partner came to stay with us over Christmas (as well as my mom and her partner) and we had an awesome time.
My sister is a great cook so I was happy to take a step back and let her do the cooking on some nights – though she was pleased as punch that when she arrived there were THREE different types of fudge (her favorite was the peanut butter fudge), cupcakes, two different ice cream flavors and cookies waiting for her! You know I love making the sweets!
So one night she whipped up a massaman curry and it was divine!
While I’m a regular partaker of the red and green curries in Thai restaurants, I had never really ventured into massaman curry territory. Goodness knows why! I’ve been missing out.
A massaman curry is very rich, as it consists of sweet potato (or potato) and vegetables cooked in coconut milk (or coconut cream) and spices and peanut butter is added to that.
So there’s a lot of richness in there.
But it works fabulously well, and best of all, it’s really easy too.
You start off by pressing some tofu. It’s ideal if you can use a tofu press for this, but if not, you can place your tofu on a plate, with another plate on top of it and then stack something heavy on top, like a heavy pot or some heavy books. Let it press for 20-30 minutes while you prepare your other ingredients.
Once pressed, you chop it into cubes and then fry it in a little sesame oil until nicely browned, and then set aside.
And then you add some massaman curry paste to the pot with some coconut milk and mix that in. Then add some sweet potato (peeled and chopped) to the pot along with the rest of the coconut milk and some soy sauce. Let the sweet potatoes cook in the coconut milk until they’re close to done.
Then you add in some sliced mushrooms and a couple minutes later some broccoli florets and when your potatoes are cooked and your broccoli is deliciously al dente, you add in some peanut butter and coconut sugar (for flavor balance) and serve over rice with some fresh lime and cilantro and crushed peanuts! Cauliflower rice is also a good option for this if you prefer it to regular rice.
The whole meal comes together in around an hour and that includes making rice (if you’re serving with rice) and the time spent pressing the tofu.
Some recipes make the massaman paste from scratch, but we chose to go the easy route and buy it ready-made. It’s easy to get and you’ll find it in the same section as you would find red curry paste. Just check the ingredients as some massaman curry paste isn’t vegan.
If you love rich curries, you will definitely love this vegan massaman curry! It is:
- Super rich
- Ultra creamy
If you like spicier food you can use more massaman paste, we prefer things more on the mildly spicy side so only used 2 Tablespoons, but feel free to use more depending on how spicy you like your food to be.
Leftovers keep very well, so if you’re cooking for less people, then dinner the next night is covered too (or lunch the next day).
So let us know what you think of this delicious vegan massaman curry in the comments and please rate the recipe too!
For more divine vegan dinners, check out:
- Easy Thai Pumpkin Curry
- Vegan Potato Curry
- Red Curry with Tofu and Green Beans
- Vegan Pad Thai with Tofu
- Tofu Satay with Peanut Sauce
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Super rich and decadent massaman curry. A deliciously spicy curry with sweet potatoes, vegetables and tofu in a base of coconut milk and spices. Ultra creamy and completely satisfying.
- 8oz Block (~220g) Firm Tofu (Pressed)
- 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
- 2 Tbsp Massaman Paste*
- 2 Cans (14oz/400ml each) Coconut Milk
- 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce*
- 2 cups (534g) Sweet Potato (peeled and cubed, about 2 Large)
- 4 and 1/4 cups (~300g) Broccoli Florets
- 3 cups (225g) Sliced Button Mushrooms
- 1/4 cup (63g) Peanut Butter
- 1 Tbsp Coconut Sugar (or sub brown sugar)
- Sea Salt and Black Pepper (to taste)
- Basmati Rice or Cauliflower Rice
- Crushed Peanuts
- Fresh Lime
- Press the tofu for 20-30 minutes ideally using a tofu press or by placing the tofu on a plate with another plate on top of it and then piling some heavy things on top, like a heavy pot.
- Chop the sweet potatoes and slice the mushrooms and get all the other ingredients ready to go.
- When the tofu is pressed, cut into cubes and fry it in the sesame oil until lightly browned on each side. Set aside.
- Add the massaman curry paste to a pot with a little coconut milk and fry the paste in the coconut milk.
- When the paste is properly mixed in with the coconut milk, add in the rest of the coconut milk along with the soy sauce and the chopped sweet potato.
- Simmer for around 5-10 minutes until the potato is just slightly softened and close to ready (but not all the way cooked).
- Add in the mushrooms and simmer for a couple of minutes and then add the broccoli and simmer for another minute or two until the broccoli is al dente.
- Add the peanut butter and coconut sugar and mix in.
- Add the tofu last and mix in with the vegetables and sauce. Add sea salt and black pepper to taste.
- Serve over rice, with crushed peanuts, fresh lime and cilantro.
*Check the massaman paste for vegan friendliness as not all brands are vegan.
*If you’d like this meal to be gluten-free, use a gluten-free soy sauce or switch for Tamari.
*It’s important that you add in your vegetables before the sweet potato is cooked, otherwise the sweet potato will cook too long and become mushy. So you have to time it right to start adding in the vegetables when the sweet potato is just starting to soften and not all the way cooked.
*Nutritional information is for the curry only and doesn’t include rice or any toppings like crushed peanuts.
- Category: Entree, Dinner, Savory, Gluten-Free
- Cuisine: Vegan, Thai
- Serving Size: 1 Serve (of 6)
- Calories: 482
- Sugar: 11.1g
- Sodium: 575mg
- Fat: 34.7g
- Saturated Fat: 21g
- Carbohydrates: 32g
- Fiber: 5.2g
- Protein: 13.1g
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