Beef Rendang

Rendang apparently has its origins in the Minangkabau ethnic group of west Java, but it can be found all over Indonesia as well as neighboring countries. In many ways, this is a very classic Southeast Asian curry, where meat is simmered in a spicy coconut stew until the liquid is completely reduced.

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The longer you cook this dish, the better. Tradition has it that it should be cooked at least four hours. This recipe cuts that down to a couple of hours, but this is a great dish for a crock pot if you have one.


Rump steak1 kg / 2 lbsFat trimmed and cubed
Garlic4 clovesChopped
Fresh ginger1 TblChopped
Red spur chilies4Sliced
Water110 ml / ½ c
Ground coriander2 tsp
Tamarind sauce2 Tbl
Ground turmeric1 tsp
Curry leaves10
Lemongrass1 stalkCut lengthwise
Coconut mile1 l / 4 c

Preparation Method

  • Put the cubed steak in a bowl.
  • Place the onions, garlic, ginger, chilies and water in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until smooth. Pour the mixture over the beef.
  • Add the coriander, tamarind sauce, turmeric, curry leaves and lemongrass to the beef mixture and stir until combines.
  • Transfer the mixture to a pan and stir in coconut milk. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce to medium. Simmer uncovered for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to very low and simmer for another 30 minutes, stirring frequently. You need to keep stirring so that the coconut milk won't separate.
  • Remove the lemongrass before serving.
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