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Read About Mae Jum's Traditional Thai Massaman Curry Paste

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Massaman Thai Curry Paste

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The Thai Massaman curry paste creates a dish that is full of flavour, extracting from ingredients such as cardamom, cinnamon and star anise. Thai Massaman curry paste has the least amount of chilli in the selection of Mae Jum pastes, providing a mild but flavoursome Thai curry.

This dish is ideal for stewing and slow-cooking as it can extract the true flavours from the herbs and spices used in the paste to create the best authentic Thai Massaman curry. The paste is so full of flavour that one pack is all you need for 8 servings. Suitable for vegans and vegetarians too! 

How it’s made

Thai Massaman curry paste is similar to Panang, but has a lot more spices with a little less heat! You may notice the lack of nutty flavour, that’s because we do not include nuts in our pastes. Roasted peanuts can be added when cooking to achieve the traditional flavour of a Thai Massaman curry.

We use the finest herbs and spices in our Thai curry pastes. You will find Red chilli, shallots, garlic, galangal, lemongrass, coriander root, coriander seeds, turmeric, nutmeg, mace, star anise, clove, cinnamon, cardamon, black pepper, kaffir lime rind, cumin seeds and rock salt in our Thai Massaman curry paste. With 18 ingredients, it’s the highest amount of herbs and spices in our range of pastes!

Origin & Type

Massaman is not a native Thai word, and there are many different theories of where it originates from. Once you have tasted massaman you will realise that it is very different from the other Thai curries and has a more Indian feel to it. That is because it uses more spices than fresh herbs. 

One such theory dates back to the 19th century, where it is thought to represent “Muslin Man” curry as in the 17th century there was much trade between the court of Ayutthaya, the old capital of Thailand, and the Persian merchant brings products from the middle east. Other theories point to a southern Thai recipe influenced by Malaysia and the word Masam which means “sour”

Kind Words from Our Customers

So tasty, so far we tried the yellow, red and green Thai curry and we love them they've got great flavour as well as a good kick to them. We'll be reordering soon!

Rebecca L

Londonderry, UK

Simply the best Thai curry pastes - full stop. They are all distinctly different and the best, nothing rivals them. We have Thai curry every week and they are absolutely fantastic. As we are two person household, we simply freeze the unused paste for another week, the flavours don't degrade or alter. They never dissapoint.


Hampshire UK

Great delivery. The currypastes from this company is by far the best I've ever had. Very nuanced flavour, and you can really taste the various ingredients. Will never go back to normal supermarket paste, as the price and quality of these ones are next level!

Amalie K

Berkshire, UK

I ordered 3 packs of the Jungle Curry paste and this stuff is the real deal. I’ve managed to make jungle curry taste like when I had it in Thailand. Warning - this paste is very hot. I’m no stranger to spicy food, having a pretty good tolerance, but this stuff is potent. You may wish to not use the full sachet the first time you try it.

Alan C

Worcestershire, UK

Incredible value for money!! You get so many packs and each one serves 8 people!! Wonderful flavours x

Molly B

Derby, UK

Bought a mixed pack of curry pastes All different in flavour(s) but all the same in superb quality and taste... Definitely use again, and highly recommend Mae Jum products

Gary N

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Its simple.. these are just the best thai pastes anywhere on the planet. Buy them now be ridiculously happy 😊. My absolute favourites are the yellow and the green. Awesome 👌

Jon M

Hampshire, UK

"Our Authentic Thai Curry Pastes use high quality, 100% natural ingredients, fresh from local farmers, blended to an age-old recipe that respects traditional proportions, for health, vitality, aroma and taste."

- Mae Jum
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