Our version of Massaman Curry is just as flavourful and aromatic as the traditional dish, with far fewer calories. Using clever swaps, we’ve made a healthy, mild curry the whole family can enjoy!
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We love the blend of flavours in a Massaman Curry. From Indian-inspired cumin and cinnamon to Thai-inspired aromatics like lemongrass, it’s a fusion dish for the whole family. The Massaman sauce is packed with mild flavours even fussy eaters will enjoy, so it’s perfect for Fakeaway night.
At only 283 calories per serving, it’ll fit really well into your diet plan or if you’re calorie counting. It’s also suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets too! We’ve used slimming friendly swaps like light coconut milk and peanut butter powder to recreate the traditional creamy coconut and peanut flavours you’d find in this dish.
If you love peanuts, why not sprinkle 15g of crushed peanuts over the finished dish to serve? It’ll add around 25 extra calories per portion, but the added crunch is so worth it!
What diets is this Massaman Curry suitable for?
Massaman Curry can be enjoyed on vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free diets.
If you’re cooking for people with allergies, be extra careful when checking ingredients and preparing food!
Do you need any special ingredients to make Massaman Curry?
We’ve used vegetarian fish sauce and peanut butter powder in this recipe. You should be able to find both at your local supermarket, or you can purchase them from Amazon for a little more expense.
A hand blender with a mini food processor attachment, or a standard blender, would come in really handy for this recipe so you can get the right consistency for your curry paste.
You’ll want to use a large saucepan so that all of your ingredients can mingle together nicely.
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How many calories are in this Massaman Curry?
There are 283 calories per portion in this Massaman Curry, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.
To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment!
This Massaman Curry is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
Add all the curry paste ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth. Don’t worry if it smells a bit odd at this point, it hasn’t been cooked yet!
Spray the saucepan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the paste and cook it gently for two minutes.
Add 100ml of water, carrots and sliced pepper to the saucepan and stir well. Cook for 5 minutes.
Add the potatoes and stir well again to coat in the paste. Cook for 3 minutes.
Add the coconut milk, chopped tomatoes and peanut butter powder. Stir well and bring to the boil. Then reduce to a simmer and leave with the lid off for 20 minutes. The potatoes and carrots should be tender, and the sauce will be rich.
Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with a side of your choice.
What could I serve with this Massaman Curry?
This Massaman Curry recipe would be delicious served with a fluffy portion of basmati rice, or any of the below recipes:
How do you know when Massaman Curry is cooked?
You should cook this Massaman Curry until the potatoes and carrots are tender and the sauce is rich. This will take around 20 minutes.
To keep your family safe, the advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes.
How long can you keep Massaman Curry in the fridge?
Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.
If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Massaman Curry in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
Can I freeze Massaman Curry?
Yes you can! Both the curry paste and the finished curry can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;
- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!
How do I reheat Massaman Curry?
From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.
From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.
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Flavourful and aromatic just like the traditional dish, our version of Massaman Curry has far fewer calories. It's perfect for Fakeaway night!
- KCals 283
- Carbs 40G
- Add all the curry paste ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth. Don't worry if it smells a bit odd at this point, it hasn't been cooked yet!
- Spray the saucepan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the paste and cook it gently for two minutes.
- Add 100ml of water, carrots and sliced pepper to the saucepan and stir well. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the potatoes and stir well again to coat in the paste. Cook for 3 minutes.
- Add the coconut milk, chopped tomatoes and peanut butter powder. Stir well and bring to the boil. Then reduce to a simmer and leave with the lid off for 20 minutes. The potatoes and carrots should be tender, and the sauce will be rich.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with a side of your choice.
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[email protected]Sunday 16th April 2023
Can you leave the lemon grass out as really not a fan.
SharonMonday 17th April 2023
Hi Jackie, yes, you could leave the lemongrass out or substitute it with 1/4 – 1/2 tsp of finely grated lemon zest. Enjoy the recipe!
Lauren LoganWednesday 10th August 2022
Hi I have the four books which one is this recipe in?
HollyWednesday 10th August 2022
Hey Lauren, this recipe is exclusive to our website so doesn’t appear in any of our cookbooks. If you’d like to save the recipe to your account so you can find it easier next time we have a guide HERE. Hope that helps!
shonelleWednesday 20th April 2022
Hi, instead of fresh lemongrass could you use dried chopped lemon grass and how much would you use?
HollyFriday 22nd April 2022
Hey Shonelle, dried herbs are more concentrated in flavour than fresh herbs, so if you follow a general rule of halving for dried herbs maybe try adding 1 tsp and see how you get on hope that helps!
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