Vegan Thai Massaman Curry

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Vegan Thai Massaman Curry

Jill Dalton
Mmmmmmm Massaman. I discovered Massaman Curry about a year ago in a local restaurant. It is typically made with chicken but at this restaurant you could have it vegetarian and even add tofu. Whenever I would have a hankering for a warm, rich, comforting meal I would convince my hubby that we needed to go to get some Massaman. He rarely objected. I would thoroughly enjoy the dish while I was eating it but soon afterward I would crash and my stomach wouldn’t feel very good. I attributed this to its high oil and sugar content and decided that I needed desperately to make this on my own. Life without Massaman is just no fun.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Servings 8 people
Calories 419 kcal




  • Add a couple tablespoons water to a large pot.
  • Turn burner on medium high.
  • Add onions, garlic, carrots and potatoes.
  • Cook for a few minutes.
  • Blend the dates with the water until dates are pulverized.
  • Add remaining ingredients and cook until sauce is thick and creamy.


Calories: 419kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 12gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 21gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 156mgPotassium: 1146mgFiber: 7gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 3698IUVitamin C: 150mgCalcium: 129mgIron: 6mg

19 thoughts on “Vegan Thai Massaman Curry”

  1. could you add a “roughly serves 4” or whatever to some of your recipes? the amounts in here seem a lot for say 2 people so I don’t know If I should half them or not, hmm maybe I could freeze whats left 🙂

  2. I love your recipes and videos. I am working my way through all of them. Not one I haven’t liked yet. I’m already vegan so making the change to no salt/no oil has not been a problem. I feel better and have lost some weight too. I’m wondering where you get tamarind paste? Also I have a lemon grass plant. How much fresh would I use instead of the dry? Have you considered Pinterest? Another social outlet to get your recipes, videos and message to people. Keep up the great work you are doing!

    1. I would use about 3 tablespoons of fresh lemongrass. I get my tamarind paste from Hmart which is an Asian grocery.
      Currently I use YouTube, Facebook and twitter and then this Wordpress sight. There are links for them on the website.
      Good luck on your journey?

  3. Hi!
    I’m gathering all the nesessary ingredients for this soup. I was wondering weather I can use lemongrass powder or is it better to buy dried lemongrass and ground it?

    Thank You!

  4. Have you ever tried making this with almond butter? I don’t eat peanuts and was wondering if it would drastically change the flavor if I substituted almond butter.

  5. Esperansa Vidales Collier

    Love??????, all your recipe’s please keep them coming. I’m so new to WFPB and loving it. I’ve been Obsessed , High Blood Pressure, & no longer . This is what I am and who I am. Do you have a Cookbook out yet? Keep up the good work.
    Esperansa Vidales Collier

  6. I first ate Massaman in Thailand in 1972 and I was hooked. They used beef in it then and whole peanuts. I sometimes add roasted peanuts to give it a little crunch. I tried this and it was good but I cheated and used MASSAMAN curry paste from a can. The broccoli was a new thing for me.

  7. Made this today and it was delicious! I did cut the recipe in half and have plenty of leftovers, after a large helping. I found the tamarind paste at Whole Foods, as well as a lemongrass turmeric paste there also. Your recipes are amazing! Thank you so much.

  8. Hi Jill, I buy lemon grass paste in the refrigerated section at Publics. its delicious and easy. Its called Gourmet Garden 4 oz. Lemongrass stir-in paste

  9. I’m allergic to coconut. Will the flavor change a lot if I leave out the coconut milk sub with a plant based milk?

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