RECIPE: Thai Massaman Curry With Amarula And Peanuts



It’s raining and cold today in Cape Town and the thought of sitting in front of a fireplace (or a heater for some of us) with a glass of Amarula is so appealing…..

However, before having that glass of Amarula I would say let’s first try out this recipe of  Thai Massaman Curry.   Amarula is one of my favourite South African products (I’m sure it’s yours too) and what better way to incorporate into your cooking that to use it in a curry recipe for this cold winter weather. Enjoy!


Thai Massaman Curry


Thai Massaman curry with Amarula and peanuts

Serves 4. 


2 Tbs vegetable oil

8 pieces chicken, trimmed

2 Tbs Massaman curry paste

250 ml coconut cream

250 ml coconut milk

250 ml Amarula

250 ml chicken stock

1/2 cup unsalted, roasted peanuts

2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 3 cm pieces

1 cinnamon stick

2 bay leaves

5 cardamom pods, lightly crushed

2 Tbs brown sugar

1 Tbs tamarind concentrate

1 Tbs fish sauce

Steamed basmati rice, to serve

Coriander, for garnishing



  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over moderately high heat until hot.
  2. Add the chicken and cook, stirring constantly until evenly browned.
  3. Transfer to a plate and set aside. Add 2 tablespoons of coconut cream to the pan.
  4. Cook over moderate heat for 20 seconds or until hot. Add the curry paste and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Return the chicken and juices to the pan. Add the coconut milk, stock, Amarula, peanuts, potatoes, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, cardamom pods, brown sugar, tamarind concentrate, fish sauce and remaining coconut cream.
  6. Stir to combine. Reduce the heat to a lower temperature.
  7. Cover with a lid and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 to 1½ hours or until the chicken is tender and the potatoes have cooked through.
  8.  Serve with rice and garnish with coriander.

The recipe is courtesy of  Amarula.  Please visit or for more fabulous recipes and interesting facts about Amarula.

Thuli’s Tip:

If you happen to have left-over Amarula, you might want to prepare this Amarula Martini to enjoy with your delicious meal.

About Author


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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