Panang Curry

A very happy Thanksgiving to you. Remember the best shopping tip of the week- stay home and shop online!

What about Thanksgiving food, you say? Having failed to find a single can of pumpkin in the entire city, I finally made a sweet potato cheesecake that is cooling in the fridge. In the meantime, here is a light Panang curry.


1 tbsp canola oil
1 tsp cumin
1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp chilli paste (sambal)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 cup water
3 kaffir lime leaves, chopped ( or use 1 tsp lime zest with 1 tsp lime juice)
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup coconut milk
14 oz firm tofu, cubed
2 cups carrots, chopped
1 cup baby corn, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
a handful of thai basil, chopped
salt to taste

Heat oil in a skillet. Add the cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Add ginger and garlic and saute for a few seconds. Then add turmeric, peanut butter and chilli paste and saute for thirty seconds.

Add the water, kaffir lime, sugar and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to a simmer, add coconut milk, carrots, peppers, baby corn and tofu. Cook on medium heat for about twenty minutes until the carrots are cooked through but not mushy. Season and add the thai basil towards the end. Serve warm with rice.

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Psychiatrist, cook, bookworm, photographer. Not necessarily in that order.
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3 Responses to Panang Curry

  1. jaklumen says:

    Any suggestions to modify this recipe? My guess is that some of the vegetables might be exchanged. I have most of these ingredients and if this can be tomorrow night's dinner, that'd be nice.

  2. Purplesque says:

    You can definitely exchange most of the vegetables. Broccoli, mushrooms, bok choy, onions, peppers, even zucchini would be fine in this! Any vegetables that you think would taste good in a coconut-peanut flavored curry..:)

  3. Emjay says:

    I flew on Thanksgiving Day – the best day to fly as everyone is busy eating! I went out to do some Christmas shopping yesterday and it made me think that I have been shopping online too long. I did not enjoy my venture into crowded shops very much.

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