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Lamb Massaman Curry Recipe

Healthy and Delicious Lamb Massaman Curry Recipe

Credit: Danielle Minnebo

A traditional Thai massaman curry is made with beef rather than lamb. However, I find the flavours work really well with lamb and result in a beautiful, rich curry. In this Lamb Massaman Curry recipe I have used a good-quality store-bought massaman paste; it makes for a quick and easy recipe.

Serves: 4



  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 200g good-quality massaman curry paste
  • 2 large lamb shanks (use 4 if small)
  • 2 tins coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp coconut palm sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup dry-roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 4 potatoes, cut in half
  • 3 carrots, cut into large chunks
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup dry-roasted unsalted peanuts
  • Cooked rice, to serve
  • Steamed greens, to serve
  1. Preheat oven to 175°C.
  2. Heat coconut oil in large cast-iron pot, add curry paste and cook for 5 mins, stirring constantly. Add lamb shanks and cook on each side for 2 mins until sealed, then remove.
  3. Add coconut milk, fish sauce and coconut palm sugar. Give everything a good mix until well combined and bring to simmer.
  4. Add 1 cup peanuts and water to small food processor and blend to smooth paste. Pour mixture into pan and mix until combined with sauce. Add lamb shanks, along with potato, carrot and onion. Make sure everything is mostly covered with sauce and cover. Bake for 3 hours until sauce has thickened and lamb is falling off the bone.
  5. Serve topped with remaining dry-roasted peanuts along with rice and steamed greens.


Danielle Minnebo

Danielle is a university-qualified nutritionist, a passionate home cook and founder of Food to Nourish. Danielle’s love affair with cooking started at a very young age in the kitchen where she was taught to cook by her mother. Danielle is passionate about helping people form a better understanding of nutrition and a healthier relationship with the food they eat. In fact, she’s on a mission to help spread the real food message to as many people as possible. Throughout her work as a nutritionist, Danielle’s basic principles have always come back to how we cook and prepare our food. She believes it really is as simple as combining wholefood ingredients in the right way to create tasty dishes that are nutrient-dense and full of flavour.