Thai Massaman Curry Paste (Concentrate)

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Our delicious classic Masaman Curry Paste or Nam Phrik Kaeng Massaman, is a Persian influenced curry paste that originated in Thailand among a heavy Muslim population. Our paste is dense, hearty and nutty with a mild, slightly sweet taste great for stews. It contains whole spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom and is usually served with beef or lamb because Muslims do not eat pork. Use it to create authentic curries filled with plenty of protein and potatoes, and sprinkled with roasted peanuts.

BRONZE MEDAL WINNER 2017 Australian Food Awards (AFA)

Class: Other Savoury Preserves

How much does it make?

180g concentrate makes 2kg protein for 12 meals

cost per serve?

$1.25 per serve (paste only) or under $5 per meal*

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The Process

We start the preparation for this delicious paste the night before by soaking tamarind, so that we can squeeze out the flavour in the morning. Chillies are also soaked overnight to remove any impurities and to encourage a smooth blend for this mild paste.

When we arrive back in the kitchen the next morning we are greeted by our delivery of fresh ingredients from the markets including fresh Australian brown onions, lemongrass, tomatoes, ginger and garlic to name a few.

The onions and other fresh ingredients are chopped or blended in a number of batches until they are ready for the cooking pot.

One pan is heated to a high temperature with a combination of canola and peanut oils setting off a fragrant base for the fresh ingredients to cook in. The onions are added and caramelised with butter and salt.

In another pan, Latasha dry toasts some crumbled shrimp paste and then add it to the cooking pot to cook with the onions.

As the onions continue to cook, Latasha weighs a variety of whole spices and these are dry toasted one at time until they release their oils. The spices are cooled and then blended to a fine ground mixture in Latasha’s spice mill which is never far from her.

At this stage the rest of the kitchen team are working at a furious pace to get a variety of other essential fresh aromatics crushed, minced and blended including garlic, lemongrass, galangal and turmeric. Tamarind juice is whisked then strained to the required measurement.

Once the onions are ready, each of the ingredients are added slowly whilst the mixture is hand turned. Once this is complete, the pot setting is turned to automatic to agitate the ingredients at a slow steady pace.

The dried toasted spice mixture is poured in with coconut oil to stop the ingredients from sticking to much to the sides of the vessel.

Australian a-grade crushed peanuts, palm sugar, fish sauce, coconut milk and tamarind juice are all added and the mixture is brought to the boil rapidly on a controlled setting to ensure a thorough mix.

Tastings are done regularly to ensure the balance of flavours are captured.  Latasha and the head of production work together to ensure a shelf stable product has been captured without compromising the strong robust flavours. pH testings are completed and the team quickly shuffles and jostles around the place to get ready for bottling.

Heat: Medium

Making it cooler: This can be cooled with sweet potatoes, pumpkin, additional fresh Asian herbs, coconut cream, coconut milk, coconut powder or carnation coconut milk.


Allergy Note

  • Contains crustacean products.
  • Contains fish products.
  • Contains peanut products.


Onions, coconut milk, peanut, spices, lemon juice, fish sauce, peanut oil, garlic, red chilli, turmeric, lemongrass, palm sugar, water, coconut oil, canola oil, galangal, ginger, vinegar, shrimp paste, salt. Contains fish, crustacean and peanut products.



Servings per package: 6

Serving size: 30g

Per Serve

Energy 290kJ

Protein 1.4g


– Total 5.1g

– Saturated 1.8g

Carbohydrate 3.7g

– Sugars 2.8g

Sodium 147mg

Per 100g

Energy 967kJ

Protein  4.6g


– Total 17.0g

– Saturated 6.1g

Carbohydrate 12.4g

– Sugars 9.5g

Sodium 489mg