Wickedfood Cooking School team came across this delicious dish in a cooking class at Thai House Cooking School in Bangkok. Phanaeng Beef Curry in sweet peanut sauce, is a delicious dish, but very rich because of the combination of coconut milk and ground peanuts.


500g rump sirloin or stewing steak, thinly sliced
1 can (± 400ml) coconut milk diluted with one cup water
1 can undiluted coconut milk
3T red curry paste
6 kaffir lime leaves
1/4 cup finely ground peanuts
3T fish sauce
11/2 T palm sugar
2 red chillies, finely sliced (without seeds)
1/2 cup sweet basil leaves.

  1. Place 2 cups of the diluted coconut milk into a medium saucepan and add the beef. Bring to the boil and simmer until the meat is cooked and the milk reduced by half.
  2. Meanwhile in another saucepan bring one and a half cups of the undiluted milk to the boil and cook hard until the milk begins to separate and has an oily surface. (Remove 2T of this mixture and set aside, for pouring over the finished dish.)
  3. Add the curry paste to the separated coconut milk and bring back to the boil. Add the remaining half cup undiluted milk, a little at a time, and cook until it has an oily sheen.
  4. Add the cooked beef mixture, kaffir lime leaves and remaining 1 cup diluted milk. Cook until the mixture begins to cook dry, adding more milk if necessary.
  5. Add the peanuts, fish sauce, palm sugar, chillies and basil. Remove from the heat, and pour the retained 2T milk over as a topping.

Serves 4

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