Flavor-Packed Slow Cooker Massaman Curry

If you’re looking for a good beef curry, then look no further then this slow cooker Massaman curry. It’s packed full of flavor thanks to a fantastic homemade curry paste.

Slow Cooker Massaman Curry

It’s best to use a tough cut of beef for this recipe since we will be cooking it for a very long time. Once it’s finished cooking, you will have with delicious, tender pieces of beef in a rich flavor-packed sauce.

Rice is the perfect accompaniment for this dish, but you can use noodles, potato mash or anything you want. You could even fry up some delicious crunchy chips. If you have the time then I highly recommend trying out some creamy coconut rice, it can be done in a rice cooker or over the stove.

If you’re trying to think of a side dish to go with slow cooker massaman curry, then pappadums are certainly a great side. Otherwise, you could go some freshly baked naan that you can either make yourself or buy at the local store.

Massaman Beef Curry

This recipe has quite a few ingredients since we’re making the curry paste from scratch, but it’s worth it as the result is just amazing. The slow cooking process will help draw out as much flavor from all ingredients while at the same time cooking the beef down until it’s tender.

If you don’t want to make your own curry paste, then you can easily replace it with a store bought variety instead. You can find massaman curry pastes at any good supermarket or online at places such as Amazon.

The video at the middle of this page will show you all the steps to making this delicious slow cooker curry and how it should look throughout preparation and cooking. It’s short, snappy and won’t take up too much of your time.

Slow Cooker Massaman Curry Recipe

Prep time
20 Minutes
Cook time
8 Hours & 20 Minutes
Total time
8 Hours & 40 Minutes


  • 1kg (2 lb) beef, cubed
  • 500g (1 lb) potatoes, large cubes
  • 2 onions, quartered
  • 640ml (22 fl oz) cans coconut cream
  • 1 tsp tamarind concentrate
  • ¼ cup brown sugar

Massaman Curry Paste

  • 3 shallots, diced
  • 2 tsp garlic, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp lemongrass, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp dried red chilies, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 Tbsp cumin seeds
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • ½ tsp nutmeg, ground
  • ¼ tsp cloves, ground
  • ¼ tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp shrimp paste
  • 2 Tbsp. water

To Thicken

  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp water


  1. Firstly, blitz together the curry paste ingredients in a blender until paste-like.
  2. In a frypan over high heat, quickly brown the beef. Once browned put to the side.
  3. Next, in the same frypan, add 1 Tbsp. oil, the curry paste and cook until fragrant.
  4. In a slow cooker, add the beef, curry paste, potatoes, onion, coconut cream, tamarind concentrate and the brown sugar. Mix until the sauce and paste are well combined.
  5. Cook on low for 8-12 hours.
  6. Mix the cornstarch and water until it forms a paste. Mix into the slow cooker and cook for a further 15 minutes or until thickened slightly.
  7. Season with salt & pepper.
  8. Serve & enjoy

Recipe Tips

  • Tamarind can be replaced with lime juice if you’re unable to get your hands on any.
  • Since we’re cooking the coconut cream for a long time, there is a chance that it will split. Adding a cornstarch and water mix towards the end will help bring it all back together.
  • If you want to add more vegetables to this slow cooker massaman curry, then try adding some bell peppers or celery as they both work well in this curry.
  • You’re able to skip frying the curry paste and beef if you want to save time. There will be some differences in the final dish but nothing too drastic.
  • After the initial eight hours of cooking, you might want to skim any fat off the top of your curry. Do this before mixing in the cornstarch paste.

Nutritional Information

If you’re wondering what kind of calories are in this Massaman beef curry, then you can find this information right below.

Keep in mind this information only takes into account the curry itself and not any extras such as rice or naan bread. It was also calculated using an online tool so it may not be super accurate

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 318g (11.22 oz)
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 569 Calories from Fat 194.4
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21.6g 33%
Saturated Fat 15.3g 77%
Trans Fat 0.4g
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 154mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 9g
Protein 31g 62%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

If you’re not feeling like beef, then I have a ton of chicken curries that you should check out. A couple of my personal favorites is the chicken tikka masala or the spicy peanut chicken curry, and both are equally pretty amazing.

This slow cooker massaman beef curry is undoubtedly delicious, and I hope that it comes out to be as great as it did for me. If you have some tips on improving this recipe or anything else, then feel free to leave a comment below.

Note: I use a 5.5L (6 Quart) slow cooker for all the recipes that I have on this website unless specified. If you have a smaller or larger slow cooker, then you might need to adjust the ingredients.

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