Masaman Curry….IN THE CROCK POT!

easy masaman curry

Please forgive the all caps in that headline, but holy moly, this recipe is going to change my life. I’ve mentioned before that since getting pregnant all I want to eat is Indian food and Thai curries, and this easy Masaman curry recipe is perfect for cooking up a bunch of curry without feeling like you did any work at all.

I shared my vegan Masaman curry recipe a little while back, and when I posted it to Facebook, my mom told me she’d just made Thai curry in her crock pot! What?? Obviously, this was something I needed to try stat, and I am thrilled that it came out so well!

The recipe I cooked up is a little different from the one mom made, but I’ll notate the differences below, so you can do it like I did, like my mom did, or do some kind of mega Masaman mashup. If you discover fun variations on this recipe, please let me know! There are a lot of crock pot curries in my future, and it will be more fun with ways to mix things up!

Crock Pot Masaman Curry


  • 1 block extra firm tofu, diced into 1″ cubes (Mom used chicken.)
  • 4 Japanese eggplants, cut into 1/2″ rounds (Mom left this out.)
  • 1 sweet pepper, chopped (Mom left this out.)
  • 3 tablespoons Masaman curry paste
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (Optional, but mom says it is delicious this way!)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (Mom used tamarind paste instead, which is more traditional. Your choice!)
  • 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 cup thin-skinned potato, diced
  • 1 Haas avocado, diced
  • roasted or raw cashews (Optional – Mom didn’t use cashews.)

Cooking Directions

  1. Dump all of your ingredients except for the avocado and cashews into the crock pot and set it on high.
  2. After about 30 minutes, remove the lid and give the ingredients a good stir. Your goal here is to dissolve the curry paste and the peanut butter (if you’re using it). Stir until you don’t find any lumps of curry paste of peanut butter, then replace the lid.
  3. Cook for another hour and a half. Mom added her avocado 15 minutes before her curry was done cooking, but I topped mine with fresh. You decide!
  4. Top each bowl with the cashews (if you’re using them) and the avocado (if you didn’t mix it in in step 3).

I’ve been trying to eat less rice lately, because of the arsenic in rice scare, so I ate this curry more like a soup. You could serve it up over any yummy grain, though, or your favorite noodles!

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12 comments on “Masaman Curry….IN THE CROCK POT!
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  3. I love that you made your curry in the crock pot. It’s such a convenient way to cook. We’ve really been limiting our rice consumption, too, and we previously used so many rice products, including my beloved rice noodles. And rice cakes. And rice flour. etc.

    • The whole rice thing is such a bummer, especially since it’s one of the few grains my husband likes! I know it’s not a whole grain, but we’ve been eating Israeli cous cous in place of rice to make bowl meals – like with tofu and veggies on top. What grains have you guys been eating instead of rice?

  4. Funny, I have been craving Masaman curry all week. Now I will be making it in the crock pot and I’m going to try adding the peanut butter and avocado, both sound like amazing additions to me! I’ll probably use purple peruvian potatoes, since that’s what I have. I will report back with my results!

    • I bet those purple potatoes look gorgeous in there! It’s kind of a monochromic dish before you put the avocado and cashews on top.

  5. Sayyyy whaaaat?! Crockpot. Vegan. Masaman. Curry. If I wasn’t going to stuff my face these few days in Atlanta, I’d beg you to bring me a bowl And that avocado in it…genius!

  6. Sounds so good Becky, especially with the avocado. A local place here has an amazing green thai curry with avocados they always say is vegan. We tried to order it last week and they told us the paste has shrimp in it. GrrrR.

    • That is so frustrating! That strikes me as such a 90s attitude about veg*n food. I remember when I first went vegetarian in the mid 90s people would say things like, “well, it’s just chicken *broth*.”

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