Panang lamb curry

Panang curry has a distinct peanut flavour; the addition of peanut butter helps to bring out the flavour when using a bought paste.

  • 2 hrs 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 8
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Panang lamb curry
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1.5 kilogram boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 5cm pieces
  • 1/2 cup (150g) panang curry paste
  • 2 1/2 cup (625ml) coconut cream
  • 1 cup (250ml) beef or chicken stock or water
  • 2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup (65g) grated palm sugar
  • 2 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 4 fresh kaffir lime leaves
  • 225 gram canned, sliced bamboo shoots, drained, rinsed
  • 1 red capsicum, sliced thinly
  • 200 gram green beans, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh coriander


Panang lamb curry
  • 1
    Heat oil in a large flameproof dish; cook lamb, in batches, until browned. Return all lamb to pan.
  • 2
    Add paste to same pan; cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant. Stir in coconut cream, stock, sauce, sugar, peanut butter and lime leaves; bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low; cook, covered, for 2 hours or until lamb is tender.
  • 3
    Add bamboo shoots, capsicum and beans to dish; cook, covered, for a further 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Season to taste.
  • 4
    Serve curry topped with coriander.


You can reduce the fat content of this recipe by using coconut milk or light coconut milk, instead of the coconut cream. If the curry is too thin at the end of the cooking time, simmer, uncovered, until thickened. If too thick, stir in extra coconut cream or stock. This recipe is not suitable to freeze.

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