Slow Cooked Massamam Curry
Slow Cooked Massamam Curry

Slow Cooked Massamam Curry

Have you ever wondered how to make a slow cooked Massamam curry from scratch.  I wondered, and I tried various recipes only to be disappointed. Nothing I was making tasted as good as the Massamam curry we’ve eaten in Thailand. The Massamam curries we’ve had on holidays were all rich in flavour, gorgeously fragrant and even had a chilli kick.

I was also hoping to create a dish that worked well in the slow cooker. You see, I love my slow cooker, and during the week I like to throw all the ingredients into it at breakfast. I set the slow cooker to cook  and come home to a completed dinner. The slow cooker is the closest thing I have to a housekeeper/home chef.

Russell Hobbs Slow Cooker Giveaway

Russell Hobbs Slow Cooker Giveaway

This winter I am partnering with Russel Hobb to bring you a delicious slow cooked meal each week. Each Sunday you will find a new recipe featured on the website. I’m hoping this will give you time to shop for the ingredients and set the slow cooker up for Monday nights dinner.

Previous weeks slower cooker dishes;

Gourmet Getaways and Russel Hobbs is also featuring a slow cooker giveaway as part of the series.

So anyway, I started wondering, did I really want to make a Massamum from scratch? Or, was my quest simply to recreate the illusive flavour in the simplest possible way?

Slow Cooker Massamam Curry

Slow Cooker Massamam Curry

When I realised I was simply trying to perfect a flavour it made the job of creating the perfect Massamam curry very simple. I started with the Ayam Massamam Curry paste and added everything that was missing from the flavour profile I love.

I know some people may feel this is cheating but it seems silly to reinvent the wheel. We’re all busy people and getting dinner on the table in a hurry can be a chore.

So I started thinking back to the plastic bags filled with sweet curry we would buy from roadside vendors. What made them special? Firstly, they nearly all included peanuts that had been swollen and softened by the cooking process. I had noticed bruised lemon grass stalks and kaffir lime leaves in some of the dishes. The Massamam curries in a lot of restaurants were served with crunchy beans spouts. Best of all the sauce was richer, the flavour included more chill, garlic, cinnamon and star anise.

Slow Cooked Massamam Curry w Rice

Slow Cooked Massamam Curry w Rice

After some trial and error I have perfected the slow cooked Massamam Curry.  This is a simple dish to make as all the ingredients are added to the slow cooker at the start.  There is no need to brown off the meat or onions.

The long and low cooking temperatures of the slow cooker allows the meat and potatoes to get to that delicious falling apart stage.


Slow Cooked Massamam Curry


  • 1kg Gravy Beef (Chuck Steak) chopped in large cubes
  • 600gm Potato cut into pieces the same size as the beef
  • 300gm Brown onion cut into large cubes
  • 1/2 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 red chilli sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 190gm jar Ayam Massamam Curry Paste
  • 1 3inch piece of lemon grass bruised with a meat mallet
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves shredded
  • 1 cinnamon quill
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 400gm coconut milk
  • Topping
  • 1/2 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 Tbs Coriander leaves (Cilantro)
  • 2 Tbs Peanut granules roasted
  • 2 shredded kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 red chilli thinly sliced


  1. Add all the Massamam curry ingredients to the slow cooker.
  2. Turn the cooker to the low setting and allow it to cook for a minimum of 8 hours.
  3. When your ready to serve remove the cinnamon and star anise.
  4. Serve the slow cooked macadam curry with rice.
  5. Add the toppings to each individual bowl or place on the table for people to add there own.

You could quite easily leave out the toppings I have suggested for the Slow Cooked Massamam Curry and still have a delicious, simple meal. I think by including them the dish looks a little more special. Also, if everyone in the family likes chilli all the chilli can be added to the slow cooker at the start of cooking process. I only add one chilli in the slow cooker because I’m cooking for children.

Slow Cooked Massamam Curry

Slow Cooked Massamam Curry

I have designed this recipe to serve six adults easily.  I always like to cook enough to enable leftovers. Leftovers are a Godsend when I’m time poor. They allow for an easy packed lunch the next day or I can reheat the leftovers on another chaotic week night. If you don’t like to eat the same meal twice in a week add serving sized portions to freezer bags for a quick frozen meal.
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  1. Mmmm, I can almost smell this from here.
    I love my slow cooker too and use it all year round.

  2. Hi Julie, love how you added in your favorites, they happen to be mine too. Looks amazing!

  3. Despite loving Thai food I don’t think I’ve ever had a massamam curry! Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. It looks amazing!

  5. Yum! Making me hungry just thinking about it. I love how simple a slow cooked meal is and the aroma that lets you know when ready. Also great when it thickens up for the 2nd day on toast.:) I need a new slow cooker as cracked the bottom of my old one. 🙁

    • Leftovers are the best! I’m with you Mark thick toast and slow cooked Massamam curry… Perfect second day meal.

      • Leftovers are great as can do enough for a couple of days, if it lasts that long to snack on.

        I recall my mum doing slow cooked chuck steak with turkey necks and vegies topped with dumplings/scones. The turkey neck adds a nice sweetness. One note: I don’t think getting my referral points. 🙁 Good Luck Liz and Charissa

  6. Slow cooked beef cheeks please! It’s the perfect winter food. Although I can’t go past a good curry either.

  7. This is amazing. Nothing better than easy, quick prep, put it all in and let it slowly cook itself. It’s the Dream Machine of any Kitchen 🙂 xx

  8. Janet Marsh :

    I don’t have a favourite slow cooker recipe as I don’t have a slow cooker. Thanks for the chance to win one. ?

  9. Sara Johnston :

    Mmmm this would be fantastic for my family! I absolutely love my friend’s slowcooked Lamb Shanks, and have seen plenty of amazing recipe ideas for slowcookers coming into winter! Thanks for the chance 🙂

  10. Until now, have never felt the need to buy a Slow Cooker- BUT, having read this most delicious sounding recipe, I am certainly thinking about buying one- I can almost taste the aroma of the MUSSAMAN Curry.
    Thank you for this beautiful recipe!

  11. Katie Barton :

    I love a slow cooked lamb where it absolutely just melts off the bone 😀

  12. I’m loving slow Cooked Kimchi Stew with Beef!

  13. cheryl mckibbin :

    great recipe! my kids love both pumpkin beef curry and creamy rice (dessert) made in the slow cooker ….the best way to warm up during winter!

  14. apricot chicken , an oldie but a goodie , the kids love eat!

  15. Have been eyeing off slow cookers for awhile now… Although problems posed by my vegetarianism and husband’s opposition to stews haha.

  16. That beef looks so delicious! I can’t wait to serve this up for the family.

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