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Tamarind and lemongrass beef

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 4
Beef tastes great paired with the strong flavours of tamarind and lemongrass. This dish can be made in minutes- perfect for a speedy weekday supper. (For a more filling option try it with wholegrain noodles.) This meal is <a href=_http_/ calorie</a> and provides 232 kcal, 30g protein, 13.4g carbohydrate (of which 10.8g sugars), 6.3g fat (of which 1.7g saturates), 1.7g fibre and 0.8g salt per portion.


  1. Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan, toss in the beef and cook over a high heat for 2-3 minutes.

  2. Add the lemongrass, shallots and chillies and stir-fry for a 5 minutes, or until the meat is well browned.

  3. Add the tamarind paste, lime juice, fish sauce, sugar and papaya and stir-fry for 4 minutes.

  4. Divide between four bowls and serve.


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 500g/1lb 2oz lean beef, cut into strips
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, chopped
  • 6 shallots, chopped
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 3 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp Thai fish sauce
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 200g/7oz shredded green papaya

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