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Feb 9, 2005 12:35 PM

Massaman Curry with Avocado?

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I am no expert on Thai cuisine, although I am making every attempt to learn about it, and I eat in Thai restaurants every chance I get. I have a friend who insists the Thai restaurants she eats in include avocado in Massaman Curry. She is in NC although she travels a great deal within the US. This just doesn't seem right to me. I don't ever remember finding avocado in that dish when I've ordered it, and I often do choose it in restaurants. I usually find peanuts, potatoes, assorted vegetables in it. Does anyone know if this is a regional NC thing, or might there be some other vegetable in there that she could be mistaking for avocado or am I totally wrong and avocado is an ingredient typically found in this great dish?

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    Chris Willging

    I'm also no expert, but there was a Thai restaurant in Bethesda, MD where I used to go when I was in high school. Their massaman curry contained big chunks of avocado.

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    1. re: Chris Willging

      i just got back from thailand. i don't recall seeing masaman curry on the menu of any of the restaurants i went to. tons of other fab dishes, though. if you like avocado, put it in. if you don't, don't.

    2. I have seen it in NY- as well as with cashews or potatoes. I agree- if you like it, use it!

      1. My recipe (obtained from a thai cookbook author) for Massaman Curry does not have avocado. Whether or not you put it in, well that's up to you.

        1. Massaman is actually more of a indian (well thai/indian) dish. There are variations of it throughout SE Asia. The versions I have seen at Thai places tend to be more in line with other Thai curries. I.E. more liquidy. The Indian preparation seems to be more on the dry side. I should say that I havent traveled to S.E. Asia to sample them at the source so my expierence is simply alot of resturaunt chow in Chicago, Boston, and NY. I have never seen avacado in any prep of the dish. I would think that it wouldn't hold up very well from the cooking however. But if it tastes good, chow on!

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          1. re: Stagger

            "Massaman" (or the many variations on the spelling), according the thai chef I took classes with on my last trip to Thailand, issupposedly a corruption of "musalman", which is hindi for muslim. i.e. this is a indian dish adopted by thais & according to this chef is therefore traditionally beef plus potatoes (i.e. a muslim, but not hindu dish). That said, there are lots of variants, but avocado sounds pretty good to me.

          2. I took a cooking class in Thailand a few months ago, and one of the dishes we learned was massaman curry. Chef said it is traditionally made with potatoes and chicken. He mentioned several other veggies you could add in as you liked, but avocado wasn't one of them. Granted, I didn't ask specifically, but I also never saw an avocado for the month I was in Thailand.

            But as always... If it tastes good, eat it!