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Tofu Panang Curry

Serves: 2

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Authentic Thai cuisine

curries, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian

Difficulty: Super Easy

Panang curry is definitely a dish for Thai Cooking 101. It’s one of the easiest curries to learn. Since there aren’t a lot of ingredients, the chance of things going wrong is quite low! Traditionally served with chicken or pork, we’ve given it a veggie twist and used firm tofu instead so everyone can enjoy this dish. But if you aren’t in the mood to cook it yourself, come try this dish at our Rosa’s Thai Veggie pop-up at our Dean Street branch (until April 15th).


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons Red Curry Paste (homemade is best!)
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 200g firm tofu, cut into 1-inch cube pieces
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce (or Thai fish sauce for a non-vegetarian version)
  • 1 teaspoon palm sugar
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves, plus extra to garnish
  • Steamed rice, to serve

To garnish
5 lime leaves, finely sliced
2 red spur chillies, finely sliced


  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan over a high heat. Add the curry paste and stir-fry for a few seconds until fragrant. Be careful, the paste might spit!
  2. Pour in the coconut milk and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the red oil rises to the surface. This might take about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add the tofu, soy sauce and palm sugar. Stir until palm sugar is completely dissolved.
  4. Continue to cook on medium heat until tofu is cooked through. About 3-4 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat and add the lime leaves and chillies.
  6. Best served hot with steamed rice.

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