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Beef panang curry  recipe

Beef panang curry recipe

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Richer and thicker than a classic Thai red curry, panang curry has a creamy, nutty flavour. This beef version is the perfect fakeaway to enjoy in front of the telly. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 15 mins to prepare and 25 mins to cook
  • 545 calories / serving
  • Gluten-free


For the panang paste

  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 red chilli, halved and deseeded
  • 2 sticks lemongrass, trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 green cardamom pods, crushed to release inner black seeds only
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground white pepper
  • 4 dry kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 lime, juice only

For the curry

  • 100g unsalted peanuts, shelled
  • 1 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 400ml tin coconut milk
  • 4 dried kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 tbsp palm sugar or light muscovado sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp fish sauce, to taste
  • 500g sirloin steak, trimmed of obvious fat and finely sliced
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • handful basil leaves (preferably Thai basil, but standard is fine)
  • 1 red chilli, finely sliced
  • steamed rice, to serve
If you don't have any limes, try a lemon instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    39g 55%
  • Saturates

    21g 106%
  • Sugars

    11g 12%
  • Salt

    1.4g 23%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 12.9g Protein 38.3g Fibre 1.8g


  1. To make the panang paste, pound all the ingredients together in a large pestle and mortar for at least 5 mins to form a paste. Alternatively, use the small bowl of a food processor and pulse-chop until a relatively smooth paste forms, stopping regularly to scrape down the bowl.
  2. To make the curry, put the peanuts in a dry frying pan and toast over a low heat for a few minutes, shaking the pan often, until golden and fragrant. Let them cool then roughly chop, or crush in a pestle and mortar.
  3. Put the oil in a wok or large, deep-sided frying pan and set on a low-medium heat. Add the panang paste and cook, stirring often, for 5 mins until fragrant and sizzling. Add the coconut milk and lime leaves and increase the heat. Bubble down for 2-3 mins until slightly thickened. Stir in the sugar and 2 tbsp fish sauce and continue to simmer for 5 mins to reduce the sauce.
  4. Add the steak and cook for 2-3 mins more until it no longer looks pink and raw. Add the lime juice, then taste the curry and add a further tbsp of fish sauce if it needs more salt. Remove from the heat and scatter with the peanuts, basil leaves and sliced chilli. Serve hot with steamed rice.

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As part of a healthy balanced diet, we recommend this recipe for a special occasion or treat.

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