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Jackfruit Thai Massaman Curry

Mae Jum Vegan Jackfruit Thai Massaman Curry with aubergine, cauliflower, sweet potato and peanuts  

There’s nothing more comforting than a delicious bowl of Massaman curry. Massaman curry is usually made with meat, typically beef or chicken, but it is very possible to make it completely vegan and just as tasty. The flavours are warm, sweet, tangy and spicy - if you add some fresh red chillies too. 

Thai massaman curry paste is sauteed with coconut cream for the base, jackfruit chunks add chewy meatiness, lots of vegetables are added too and then all of it is drowned in a flavourful peanut-coconut sauce. Delicious - you will be left wanting more!

You can use all kinds of vegetable combinations in your vegan Massaman curry, cooking with potatoes and onions will keep this dish fairly traditional. You would normally find white potatoes in a Massaman curry but I opted for sweet potato for this dish which helps to give the curry a richer overall colour. As sweet potatoes are already sweet, I personally prefer not to add any palm sugar, but please do season to your own preferences.

Raw jackfruit, with its chewy texture, emulates meat beautifully in vegetarian/vegan dishes. It really is a great meat alternative if you are tired of cooking tofu. You can buy jackfruit fresh or already cooked in cans - which is what I use as raw jackfruit can be hard to find in the UK. If you would like to learn more about jackfruit and how to cook from its raw state, you would love our blog ‘Get to Know: Jackfruit’.


Mae Jum Vegan Jackfruit Thai Massaman Curry with aubergine, cauliflower, sweet potato and peanuts


How to Cook Jackfruit Massaman Curry


From an unshaken can of full-fat coconut milk, scoop out the thick creamy layer of the coconut milk into a wok and gently heat. The thick creamy layer should be at least a third of the can, if you find that your coconut milk does not have a thick and creamy layer, it is worth changing brands as good quality coconut milk will have a natural harder layer on top when it is stored at room temperature. My favourite brand is Aroy-D, which you can purchase online or in most Asian shops.

Once the coconut milk is on a gentle heat, stir fry the Mae Jum Thai Massaman curry paste. Bring to a light boil and simmer for a few minutes to let all the natural oils rise to the surface. Add the remaining coconut milk to the wok with water, sweet potatoes and onions and then simmer with a lid for 10 minutes.

After some time, check to see if the potatoes are almost cooked before adding in the remaining vegetables, in our case this would be jackfruit, cauliflower, aubergines and peanuts. Allow the curry to simmer until all the vegetables are cooked fully. If you prefer the sauce to be thinner, you can add water and cover with a lid, if you prefer the sauce to be thicker, continue to simmer if your sauce has reduced.

Lastly, season the curry to taste. Add a couple of tablespoons of light soya sauce with a tablespoon of tamarind puree and salt. You can add palm sugar for extra sweetness but I find the sweet potatoes already sweet enough for me! And now you are done, serve up a generous bowl of massaman curry and garnish with fresh coriander and crushed peanuts! Mmm, delicious!

Mae Jum Vegan Jackfruit Thai Massaman Curry with aubergine, cauliflower, sweet potato and peanuts

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Mae Jum Vegan Jackfruit Thai Massaman Curry with aubergine, cauliflower, sweet potato and peanuts

Jackfruit Thai Massaman Curry

1-pot wonder! Delicious and easy plant-based curry to tuck into!
3.65 from 20 votes
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Course: curry, dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: Aubergines, Cauliflower, Curry, Family Friendly, Jackfruit, Quick and Easy, Thai Massaman curry, Vegan Curry
Thai Curry Paste: massaman
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 546kcal


  • 200 g Jackfruit
  • 300 g Sweet Potato
  • 200 g Cauliflower
  • 150 g Aubergine
  • 400 ml Coconut Milk
  • 35 g Mae Jum Thai Massaman Curry Paste
  • 4 Small White Onions
  • 100 g Roasted Peanuts Save Some for Garnish
  • 3 tbsp Light Soya Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Tamarind Puree
  • 1 tbsp Palm Sugar Optional
  • 400 ml Water or Vegetable Stock
  • Salt Season to Taste
  • Fresh Coriander Garnish



  • Peel and chop sweet potatoes in half and then into chunks (6-8 pieces per half)
  • Cut cauliflower and aubergines into smaller pieces
  • Give the peanuts an extra pan roast if desired

Cooking Method

  • Add the thick layer of coconut milk to the wok, bring to medium heat and gently fry the curry paste for about 5 minutes until broken down and the natural oil has risen to the surface
  • Add the remaining coconut milk and water with the sweet potato chunks and whole onions. Bring to a light boil and then cover and simmer for 10 minutes
  • Check to see if the sweet potato and onions are almost cooked before adding in the jackfruit and aubergines. Simmer for a further few minutes and then add the cauliflower and peanuts
  • Season to taste. Add light soya sauce, tamarind and salt. Add palm sugar if desired. Allow the curry to simmer until all the vegetables are cooked fully
  • Now it's time to serve up into bowls and garnish with fresh coriander and crushed peanuts. Serve alongside freshly made Thai Jasmine rice. Enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Jackfruit Thai Massaman Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 546 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 23g144%
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Sodium 949mg41%
Potassium 1248mg36%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 10706IU214%
Vitamin C 37mg45%
Calcium 101mg10%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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