Massaman curry Curry Place of origin: Thailand Main ingredient(s): Meat ( beef, duck, tofu, chicken), coconut milk, onion, peanuts or cashews, potatoes, bay leaves, cardamom pods, cinnamon, star anise, palm sugar, fish sauce, chili and tamarind sauce Recipes at Wikibooks: Massaman curry Media at Wikimedia Commons: Massaman curry Massaman curry ( Thai: แกงมัสมั่น, RTGS: , kaeng matsaman IPA: ) is a [kɛːŋ mát.sa.màn] Thai curry dish that is Muslim in origin. Description [edit ]
The origin of the name is not clear, as
massaman/matsaman is not a native Thai word. It may have been derived from the Malay word masam, which means "sour", or from the name of Wan Mat Saman, a prominent Chief Minister of Kedah, which is in present-day Malaysia, but was once a vassal state of Siam.
According to one theory, it originated in
central Thailand at the court of Ayutthaya in the 16th century CE through a Persian envoy and trader. According to another theory, it originated in [1 ] southern Thailand and its contacts with Arab traders. Due to its Muslim roots and therefore [2 ] Islamic dietary laws, this curry is most commonly made with beef, but can also be made with duck, tofu, chicken, or, for non-Muslims, with pork (as pork is a forbidden food for Muslims, this variety is not eaten by observant Thai Muslims).
The flavoring for Massaman curry is called Massaman curry paste (
nam phrik kaeng matsaman). The dish usually contains coconut milk, roasted peanuts or cashews, potatoes, onion, bay leaves, cardamom pods, meat, star anise, palm sugar, fish sauce, chili and tamarind sauce. Traders brought spices such as turmeric, cinnamon, star anise, cumin, cloves and nutmeg from Indonesia to the south coast of Thailand. The dish is served with rice and sometimes with pickled ginger or "achat" ( Thai: อาจาด, ), an accompaniment made with [aːtɕàːt] cucumber and chili peppers macerated in vinegar and sugar. Media coverage [edit ]
CNNGo ranked Massaman curry as number one in an article titled World's 50 most delicious foods. However, CNN's voter's survey later that year ranked it only 10th. [3 ] [4 ] See also [edit ] References [edit ]