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Tamarind Beef Curry    HT  MC  Cambodian  45mins


Cambodian Name: samlaa ko phet


Serves 4   Hot   Beef   Main Course  Dairy Free  Cambodia Asia  Asian



25g/1oz Compressed Tamarind Pulp

150ml/5fl.oz. Boiling Water

450g/1lb  Beef Fillet

2 Large Chillies, coarsely chopped

1 tbsp fresh Coriander

5cm/2-inches Fresh Root Galangal, peeled and chopped or 1 teasp Ground Galangal

1 stalk of Lemon Grass, chopped or 2 Teasp Ground Lemon Grass

2 tbsp Vegetable Oil

1 Onion, chopped

2 Garlic Cloves, crushed

2 tbsp Fish Sauce

1 teasp Sugar

1 x 40g/14oz tin Coconut Milk

150g/+5oz Aubergines (egg plants) cut into 2.5cm/1-inch cubes

The Juice and grated rind of 1 Lime




1.  Place the tamarind pulp in a small mixing bowl, pour over the boiling water and set aside to soften for 20 minutes.


2. Meanwhile, cut the meat into very thin strips 12mm/1/2inch wide and 5cm/2inches long. Set aside.


3. Place the chilli, coriander, galangal and lemon grass in a food processor and process to a paste.  Set aside.


4. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok, add the onion and garlic and fry for 2 minutes.


5. Add the curry paste and fry stirring for  3 minutes then add the beef and stir fry for 3-4 minutes.


6.  Add the fish sauce, sugar and coconut milk and the water in which the tamarind has been soaking to the beef (discard the tamarind pulp), mix well and simmer for 15 minutes.


7. Add the aubergine, lime juice and grated lime zest and continue to simmer for about 5 minutes until the aubergines have softened. Serve immediately.



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Serving Suggestions

Serve with a green vegetable


Key techniques used in this recipe

Chop to To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.

Simmer - To maintain the temperature of a liquid at just below boiling.


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