Tuesday 8 September 2015

Beef Rendang

Beef Rendang 

A caramelised beef curry. Sumatra is where this dish was created. It is now a favourite in Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. This is my own version of this delicious curry.

Serves 6 

1½ kg/ 3 ¼ lb of beef; in 2 inch chunks
 ½ cup of coconut cream; in a bar
2 cups fried crushed onion
8 cloves garlic chopped
4 red chillies finely chopped
2" piece of ginger finely grated
1 stick bruised lemon grass
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
3/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 bay leaf
3 kaffir lime leaves
2½ cups meat stock 
800 ml coconut milk
½ lemon

Condiments to serve with the curry
Lemon wedges
Red chilli flakes
Parathas or chapatis

Melt the coconut cream in a wide pan over a low fire till golden and creamy. Saute together the onion, garlic, chillies, lemon grass, coriander, cumin, and turmeric; fry this for a minute or two.

Add the bay leaf. Kaffir lime leaves and salt. Add the meat and fry it till browned.

Bring in the coconut milk, bring it to a boil, and add the stock. Cover and cook on a low flame until the gravy thickens and the meat is very tender. This should take 2 hours. Stir it every 15 minutes.

Squeeze the juice of half a lemon. Serve with chilli flakes, lemon wedges, and parathas or chapatis.


Use the muscle part of the beef, which is the butt cheek. Ask your butcher about this. It cooks well, remains moist and soft, and tastes delicious.

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