There are many different ideas as to how and where this dish originated, but one popular theory is that it was born in southern Thailand, where there are many Muslims, hence the name, which means Muslim curry. In any case, it has recently been voted by CNN as the world's most delicious food, and it always draws gasps of 'I love massaman!' when people read it on our menu board.
Recipe and images extracted from The Fresh Vegan Kitchen by Charlotte and David Bailey, photography by Haarala Hamilton. Published by Pavilion.