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Beef Massaman Recipe

Healthy, Gluten-free and Delicious Beef Massaman Recipe

Credit: Georgia Harding

Many studies have confirmed the benefits of eating curry for supporting brain health and memory, and reducing cognitive decline. This Beef Massaman is a nutritionally balanced meal offering quality protein, good fats and plant-based carbohydrates to support and nourish your body (and delight your taste buds). Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients — it’s actually a very quick and easy meal to prepare and the end result is phenomenally delicious.

Serves: 4



  • Sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3–4cm piece fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 whole red chilli
  • 5 whole cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 400mL coconut milk
  • 250mL chicken broth or stock
  • 100mL water
  1. Preheat oven to 150°C.
  2. Start with making sauce. In food processor, add garlic, ginger, chilli and cardamom pods. Process to chop ingredients.
  3. Add in all spices, fish sauce, salt, pepper, coconut sugar, coconut milk, broth or stock and water. Blend well.



  • Curry
  • 1kg (approx.) grass-fed chuck steak, diced into 4–5cm pieces
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 3 stems celery, diced
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 cinnamon quill
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 medium carrots, diced
  • 4 small potatoes, peeled & diced
  • 4–5 kale leaves, roughly chopped
  • Juice 1 lime
  • 1 bunch coriander, leaves only, chopped
  1. Place beef, onion, celery, kaffir lime, cinnamon quills and star anise in large ovenproof dish with lid.
  2. Pour over curry sauce and mix well.
  3. Cook for 3 hours, lid on.
  4. After 3 hours, remove from oven and add in carrots and potato and pop back in oven with lid on for another 30 mins.
  5. When ready to eat, mix in kale and lime juice. Allow to rest for 5 mins and serve with coriander leaves.


Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding is a naturopath with almost 20 years experience, a mother and a passionate health educator. After many years consulting in a busy practice, lecturing in natural medicine and sharing her knowledge on talkback radio, Georgia decided to reach out and share her passion for holistic health by developing her blog, Well Nourished.
On her website, she shares fad-free health advice and intolerance/allergy-friendly recipes to inspire people to live happy, healthy lives and create delicious food memories.

Georgia’s ebook Rise and Shine: A Well Nourished Breakfast will inspire and guide you to prepare the most important meal of the day in just minutes. Her latest ebook The Well Nourished Lunch Box contains over 50 nut-free, allergy-friendly wholefood sweet and savoury snacks, lunches and meals to inspire you to pack a nourishing lunch box that your kids will love to eat and you will love to make.