Panaeng Curry Tofu with Crispy Basil

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Preparation Time~20 minutes

Serves3-4 people

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1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp fish sauce
Several leaves fresh thai basil whole
one leaf kaffir lime leaves cut into thin slices
enough to fry the tofu vegetable oil
1 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp panaeng curry paste
8 oz (one rectangle) firm tofu cut into small squares

1. Heat the oil in a large pan or wok and deep fry the tofu until crispy and brown. This can take a little while.

2. Remove the tofu from the oil and add the basil, fry until crispy. Should only take a few minutes.

3. Remove the basil from the oil and add the coconut milk.

4. When the coconut milk is boiling, add the panaeng curry paste and stir to thoroughly mix into the milk.

5. Add the fish sauce and sugar. Reduce the heat and allow the milk to simmer until it thickens. Keep stirring occasionally to ensure it is well mixed.

6. Place the tofu on a serving of steamed rice (we used brown jasmine rice). Spoon some curry over the top and add some shredded lime leaves and whole crispy basil leaves. Enjoy!

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Nov 3, 2010 7:11:25 PM weezer007 said...

Looks delicious!

For true veg you can sub the fish sauce for a light soy sauce

Nov 4, 2010 10:42:30 AM Daniel Bingham said...

@Weezer007 True, although soy sauce and fish sauce have distinctly different flavors, it will still be as just as good :)

Apr 26, 2012 6:55:02 PM morgueanna said...

Where do you get the curry paste? I find a lot of yellow curry recipes on the 'net but I can never find a brand name or location to purchase the paste.

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