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Thai Penang beef curry

Nothing can beat making your own curry paste from scratch, with all those lovely aromas.

Mark Stower, Director of Food and Service.

Preparation Time: 15 mins

Cooking Time: 75 mins

Serves: 6


  • Step 1

    First, make the paste for the curry by placing the onions, ginger, chillies, garlic, paprika and cumin into a food processor and puréeing the mixture. Reserve this for later.

  • Step 2

    Heat a medium size pan on the stove over medium heat. Add a little rapeseed oil and sear the steak to add some colour and seal in all the juices.

  • Step 3

    Add the curry paste, coconut milk, soy sauce, fish sauce, beef stock and tomatoes to the pan. Bring to a simmer and then add the kaffir lime leaves. Cook for 1 hour on a low heat with a lid on or until the steak is tender.

  • Step 4

    When cooked, check the seasoning and serve with jasmine rice, garnished with chopped coriander and Thai basil on top.


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