Maple Beef Cheek Massaman Curry

Beef / Mains

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6 portions
Metric Imperial


For the beef massaman curry:

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 brown onions, sliced
  • 3 ¼ cups potatoes, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • 3 ⅓ lbs beef cheeks
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 6 tbsp massaman curry paste
  • 1 ⅗ cups coconut milk
  • 5 cups beef stock
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup (preferably amber syrup for its rich taste)
  • 1 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • Juice of one lime

To serve:

  • ½ cup roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
  • Jasmine rice
  • Roti


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over a medium-low heat.
  2. Add the onion and sauté for a minute until softened.
  3. Add the potatoes and cook for another minute.
  4. Add the beef cheeks, garlic, massaman and tamarind pastes and sauté for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Add the coconut milk and beef stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer on low for 1 hour and 15 minutes until the beef is tender and falling apart.
  6. Stir in the fish sauce, salt, cinnamon stick, maple syrup, peanut butter and lime juice and simmer for 10 more minutes.
  7. Top with fresh coriander and roasted peanuts and serve with the jasmine rice and roti.

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