Vegetarian Panang Curry

On The Chopping Block
by On The Chopping Block
4 servings
30 min

Aside from pad thai, I'd have to say panang curry is my second favorite item to order when I get Thai take out. The warm coconut curry broth is luscious and velvety and packed with flavor and paired with warm, sweet Jasmine rice, its just about the best comfort food you could ask for.

Now it might seem like curry would be difficult to make, but its truly one of the quickest dishes to throw together as long as you stock all the ingredients regularly in your pantry. To key to curry: its ALL IN THE curry paste. This is pivotal to the flavor of your curry. Some brands I recommend: Mae Ploy, Maesri an Try My Thai. You can find the first two online or your local Asian market.

Recipe details
  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 3 garlic cloves 
  • 1-2 shallots  
  • 1 inch of ginger
  • 1 13.5 oz can of coconut milk 
  • 3 tbsp of panang curry paste 
  • 1 tbsp palm sugar
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce 
  • ½ cup Mushrooms 
  • ½ cup sliced Bell peppers
  • 2-3 baby Bok Choy 
  • ¼ cup snow peas
The How To:
Start off by chopping all your ingredients into bite size pieces. Finely chop your garlic, shallots and ginger.
Once everything is prepped, heat up your pan on medium heat. Add your cooking oil and saute your aromatics (ginger, shallots, garlic). 
Then add the mushrooms. Cook for about 1-2 minutes then add your bell peppers. Cook for another 1-2 minutes.
Move all the veggies to the edge and add your curry paste to the center. Cook the paste for a minute or so and then mix it into the veggies.
Now add your coconut milk, palm sugar and fish sauce.
Add the bok choy, snow peas, and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes. 
Remove from heat and serve with rice with a bowl of rice.
  • Aimee Aimee on Jul 06, 2021

    This really doesn't sound too difficult to make. Will have to give it a try!

  • Barb Van Dusen Butler Barb Van Dusen Butler on Jul 20, 2021

    What all goes into curry paste? I have plenty of curry powder so how can I substitute the powder for the paste?

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    • Barb Van Dusen Butler Barb Van Dusen Butler on Jul 22, 2021

      I looked up what all goes into a Panang Curry paste so I could make my own, since not all locations have supermarkets with a Thai section”, and learned that some of what goes into it is already in this recipe (and I don’t like Chili’s anyway) so I did a short-cut version and substituted 1tsp. curry powder for ea Tbs. curry paste. I also added ground roasted peanuts & lime zest. It may not have the same “punch” that the paste would give, but took a lot less time.