Hi, Ray here again.
Curry time again. Aren’t they lovely words?
A couple of weekends ago, I found a new butcher shop that sold excellent beef at a very reasonable price. I don’t often go for beef but the price made the purchase too tempting.
So this weekend I trawled through the great Curry Focus recipes and found one for a beef Massaman curry. I found the recipe under the “Beef Curry” recipe category but would have found it under the “Massaman curry” recipe category if I’d started my search from there.
I do not know much about Massaman curries except that they originated in Thailand and were developed there by muslims. So why not try out this easy-looking curry recipe?
I went back to the butcher shop and bought some lovely beef whilst out doing my regular weekend shop. And that was all I needed to buy as I had everything else at home (even a sweet potato).
Allowing for things to heat up, the cooking time for this recipe would be about 2 hours and 20 minutes – you need to cook beef slowly to get the most out of it.
On Sunday, the ingredients preparation was pretty easy and the time to start cooking arrived soon enough.
And this is a pretty simple recipe to follow.
The tasting crew arrived about 15 minutes before the curry was ready and happily hung around the kitchen to take in the delicious aromas.
And I was soon serving up the Beef Massaman curry on basmati rice to the eager diners.
And the curry was great. The beef was well cooked and very tender. The potatoes had begun to break up and made the sauce a bit thicker than I thought it was going to be half way through the cooking. There was plenty of sauce, and I cooked the last 30 minutes without a lid to get the liquid to reduce a little. Everyone enjoyed the curry and about the only thing lacking was a bit of colour. Maybe a bit of coriander (cilantro) as a garnish? The curry received a great taste score of 8.5 out of 10 with a spice/heat rating of “Medium”.
I think that I will be making this curry again. Maybe I’ll make the Massaman curry paste from scratch seeing there is a recipe for it on the Curry Focus website. And I know that beef is the traditional Massaman curry ingredient but now I’m tempted to try another one of the other Massaman curry recipes. I’ll let you know how it goes.