Lukchin Matsaman (Meatball Massaman Curry)

Massaman curry hails from the south of Thailand. Since Indian culture has had an influence in Thailand few centuries ago, this is evident by the use of the spices like cardamom, cloves and nutmeg. While Massaman curry tastes best when cooked with red meat (like mutton and beef), it is also cooked with chicken and tofu.

Rather than using the standard meat cuts and vegetables, I decided to make meatballs. It adds a little twist to the curry, and everyone loves a meatball!

Preparation Time : 10 minutes
Cooking Time : 25 minutes
Portion : 4 portions
Beef Mince (or mutton mince) 500 grams
French beans 200 grams
Baby Potatoes (cut into halves) 8 nos.
Baby Corn (cut diagonally in halves) 8 nos.
Button Mushrooms (cut into quarters) 8 nos.
Massaman Curry Paste 1/3 cup
Coconut Cream 1 cup
Tomatoes (roughly chopped) 2 nos.
Thai Bird’s Eye Chillies (slit lengthwise) 4 nos.
Roasted Peanuts (roughly chopped) 2 tablespoons
Coriander Leaves (finely chopped) 4 tablespoons
Cooking Oil 1 tablespoon

Preparation Method:

1.           Place the mince, garlic and 2 tablespoons of coriander leaves in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper and mix well to combine. Roll level tablespoons of the mince mixture into balls and keep aside

2.          Heat oil in a large saucepan over high heat. When the oil is hot, add the meatballs in batches, and cook for about 2 minutes till they are browned on all sides. Transfer to a plate and continue the process till all the meatballs are cooked

3.          Add the Massaman curry paste to the saucepan and cook for a minute, stirring continuously to avoid the paste from burning. Add the baby potatoes and stir in the coconut milk. Cook for a minute. Add in the tomatoes and ½ cup water. Bring this to a boil

4.         Return the meatballs to the saucepan and reduce the heat to medium. Simmer for 7 minutes. Add the french beans, mushrooms and baby corn; and further simmer the curry for about 3 minutes (till it begins to thicken). Season with salt and pepper

5.          Take off the fire and serve immediately, sprinkled with the remaining coriander leaves, chillies and crushed peanuts.

·         To provide more colour to the dish, you may add a cup of red and yellow bell peppers along with the other vegetables.
Suggested Accompaniments:  
·            Steamed Rice.
·            Can substitute the beef mince with mutton.
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