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Thai Phanaeng Curry พะแนง

Phanaeng curry (พะแนง) is a Thai curry that is quite easy to make because you only need few ingredients. What is more, the curry paste (Khrueang Kaeng) consists of dried chilli peppers, lemongrass, galangal, coriander roots and seeds, garlic, cumin seeds, shrimp paste and salt. Sometimes this curry paste also includes peanuts and shallots.

If you live in a Western country, you may buy the curry paste at your local Asian supermarket.

You can prepare this dish with any kind of meat that you prefer (e.g. beef, pork, chicken, shrimp) or if you are a vegetarian or vegan you can take tofu instead. You will further need coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves, palm sugar (or regular brown or white sugar), fish and oyster sauce and your respective curry paste.

Phanaeng Curry

 

Phaneang Curry only with vegetables (photo: Sirinya Pakditawan)

Phaneang Curry only with vegetables (photo: Sirinya Pakditawan)

Vegetarians and vegans may also want to replace the shrimp paste for Kapi Chae and the fish sauce may be substituted by soy sauce.

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Thai Phanaeng curry contains thick, creamy coconut milk and is usually eaten with rice in Thailand.

Here is a list of ingredients that you will need for this dish:

  • 2TSP (Palm) Sugar
  • 1TSP Fish sauce
  • 1TSP Oyster Sauce
  • 2TSP red curry paste
  • 2TSP Vegetable oil
  • 8TSP Coconut milk
  • 500g Meat (eg. chicken, pork, beef, shrimp) or tofu
  • 10Leaves Thai basil
  • 6Leaves kaffir lime
  • 3Chilies

The following video is very comprehensive and easy to follow. Thus, it will show you how to make this curry easily.

Recently, my father prepared this red curry with chicken for me. This is how it looked like:

homemade phanaeng curryphanaeng curryHomemade Thai Phanaeng curry (photo: Sirinya Pakditawan)

In fact, there is very much pepper on top of my curry but this is only for me because I prefer to have some vegetables in my dish 😉 Usually, you only take few pepper to decorate your curry as shown in the photos above.

Hence, have fun trying Thai Phanaeng curry and check out my Thai Food Dictionary for more general information!

Yours, Sirinya

 




Thai Dessert: Bananas in Coconut Milk (Kluai Buad Chi) กล้วยบวชชี

 

Kluai Buad Chi (กล้วยบวชชี), bananas in coconut milk, is the first Thai dessert that I’ve ever prepared for myself because it’s very easy to make and you only need a few ingredients.

My first try on banana dessert in coconut milk (Kluai Buad Chi) did not turn out perfect since my coconut milk was to thick and creamy. Hence, the dessert was too thick and the bananas could not move in there 😉
This was because I only had the creamy part of the coconut milk but not the watery part of it.

Well, let me tell you something more about Kluai Buad Chi, (‘Kluai’ is the Thai word for banana): First of all, it can be considered a very common Thai dessert that is completely vegan.

Bananas in coconut milk

thai dessert: bananas in coconut milk

Thai dessert: bananas in coconut milk (photo credit: Pinterest)

This Thai bananas in coconut milk dessert is usually made with a special type of banana, most commonly small (baby) bananas are used. The banana type used for this dessert is called ‘kluay nam wa’ (musa sapientum). However, you can also use other types of sweet banana for this recipe. Further, you will of course need coconut milk, brown or white sugar as you prefer, a pint of salt and a pandan leaf but this last ingredient is optional.

First, you need to shortly cook the bananas in water (approx. 10 min) and then peel and cut them. Then you prepare the coconut milk and add about a cup of sugar (a bit more or less as you like) and your pint of salt. You can also add a pandan leaf for good taste and aroma but this is optional. Then add your bananas into the pot and let cook with the coconut milk for about 10 minutes. Finally, add the creamy part of the coconut milk. And you’re ready to serve!

Homemade bananas in coconutmilk (photo taken by myself)

Homemade bananas in coconutmilk (photo taken by myself)

I’d like to round this post off by inserting a very nice video on how to make our Thai dessert Kluai Buad Chi, bananas in coconut milk.

It’s by Alif Silpachai who has an interesting and inspiring Thai linguistics and language YouTube channel. Thus, if you are a learner of Thai, you can also learn some Thai words here while preparing your easy Thai dessert!

Check this out and have fun making Kluai Buad Chi! By the way, if you’ve acquired a taste for bananas and coconut now, you may also want to try a Thai style smoothie with bananas, coconut & pineapple 😉

Yours,
Sirinya

(For more information about Thai desserts, check out my Thai Food Dictionary)