Beef Curry in Sweet Peanut Sauce
(Pha-naeng Neua)

  • 1 lb. beef, cut into thin strips
  • 3 Tbs. red curry paste
  • 6 fresh or dry kaffir lime leaves (halved)
  • cup sweet basil leaves (horapha)
  • 1 fresh chili (seeded and cut into strips)
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock
  • 3 Tbs. palm sugar
  • 2 Tbs. fish sauce
  • tsp. salt
  • cup ground roasted peanuts
  • Put the coconut milk into medium-sized sauce pan over medium heat, add the curry paste and slowly bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Put in beef strips and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients except for the sweet basil and fresh chili. Add this to the curried beef, and simmer about 15 minutes. Add the sweet basil and fresh chili, stir well, and remove from the heat. 
  • Ready to serve.  It is best served with steamed rice.

Make 4-5 servings.

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