Instant Pot Massaman Curry

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35 MIN


173 g


151 g


2745 kcal


38 g


358 mg


101 g



coconut oil

1 tbsp

boneless chicken

455 g

onion ( chopped )

1 medium

potatoes ( peeled and diced )

2 potato medium

red bell pepper ( seeded and cut into bite size pieces )

2 pepper

coconut milk ( more info in step 4 )

1 can

fish sauce

2 tbsp

red curry paste

2 tbsp

palm sugar ( or tamarind paste )

1 tbsp

lemon juice ( or lemongrass paste )

1 tsp

garam masala

2 tsp

roasted peanuts ( crushed, for garnish )

1/2 cup

crushed red pepper flakes ( for garnish and adding more to taste )

1/2 tsp

chopped cilantro ( for garnish )

3 sprigs

Instant Pot Massaman Curry

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Step 1

Select SAUTE on the instant pot and adjust to NORMAL. Add oil to the pot until melted.

Step 2

Add chicken and onion to the pot and saute until the outside of the chicken is no longer pink. Press CANCEL.

Step 3

Add bell pepper and potatoes to the pot.

Step 4

In a bowl, stir together the coconut milk and all of the spices except peanuts and red pepper flakes.
(1 can full-fat coconut milk (note, if you want a thicker sauce, don’t shake or stir the can. Use just the solids and set aside a liquid portion of the coconut milk to thin the sauce as desired))

Step 5

Pour coconut milk mixture into the pot and stir until combined. If the sauce is too thick, thin with the reserved coconut milk liquid.

Step 6

Secure lid on the pot and close pressure-release valve.

Step 7

Select MANUAL and cook at high pressure for 4 minutes.

Step 8

When cooking is complete, use a quick release to depressurize.

Step 9

Serve over hot cooked rice, riced cauliflower, or with naan bread.

Being active outdoors in the cooler temps of fall weather makes me long for the comfort of warming spices. I haven’t quite gotten into the pumpkin spice just yet, but instead, I have been craving the warm spices that are popular in middle eastern cuisine. On-the-go weeknights are also a great time for meals that are Instant Pot easy like this massaman curry.

Massaman curry is technically a Thai style curry but has been influenced by Indian and Persian cuisine. Because of this influence, this dish is perfect for cooler weather as it contains a garam masala spice blend that includes many of those traditional warming spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, and cloves.

In this version, I’ve used chicken as the main protein but you can substitute beef if you prefer. Massaman curry is relatively mild but can be spiced up with Thai peppers for those who desire a higher heat. Cooking this curry in the Instant Pot allows the meat and potato components to be fully cooked at the same time, making it a convenient meal for busy nights.

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