I love Thai curry—but I always assumed it would be difficult to make, and something I would only be able to enjoy at restaurants. Thankfully, my good friend and vegan chef Tess Challis shared this vegan Panang curry recipe from her cookbook Radiant Health, Inner Wealth with me and I’ve fallen head-over-heels in love!
First, because it’s foolproof. And second, because it tastes just like the restaurant curries I have long loved. Plus, you can save money by making it at home!
You can whip up this creamy vegan curry sauce in just about 5 minutes, and serve it with rice or rice noodles with steamed veggies.
I now always keep red curry paste and coconut milk in my pantry so I’m ready when my vegan curry cravings strike. Thanks for sharing your magic, Tess!
Many people confuse red curry with Panang curry, because they are both Thai curries that are made with red curry paste. However, Panang curry is made with peanuts (or peanut butter) giving it a creamy and lightly nutty undertone, and it’s sweeter and less spicy than red curry. Both curries can be served similarly with rice, tofu, and veggies, they just carry different flavor profiles.
Head to the Asian section of most grocery stores and you’re likely to find little jars of curry paste. Two popular brands are Thai Kitchen and Mekhala (organic) — both work perfectly and are delicious! And both are clearly labeled vegan.
Other brands are great too! Red curry paste is almost always vegan, but double check the ingredients just in case. If you’re having trouble finding red curry paste in stores, you can always order some on Amazon and it will be there as soon as tomorrow.
You can keep your vegan panang curry sauce in an airtight container for up to two weeks! Freezing is not recommended since the texture would be affected.
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Vegan Panang Curry recipe by Tess Challis. Food photography by Michelle Cehn, copyright of World of Vegan. Article edited by Amanda Meth. Please note that this article may contain affiliate links which supports our work at World of Vegan.