Indonesia: Beef Rendang

We don’t eat much meat in our house, but, for Rendang, I will make an exception!


6 servings
3/8 pound shallots
3 cloves garlic
15 dried red chile peppers (soaked in warm water until they are soft)
5 slices fresh ginger root
5 lemon grass, chopped
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 pinch grated nutmeg
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 1/4 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 cups shredded coconut
5 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 2/3 cups coconut milk
7/8 cup water
salt to taste


Heat the coconut in a dry wok, stirring continuously until golden brown. Set aside to cool.
Using a blender or a food processor, blend the shallots, garlic, chilies, ginger, and lemon grass to a thick paste.
Grind the coriander, fennel, cumin and nutmeg.
Using the wok, fry the shallot paste in a little oil for a few minutes. Add the ground coriander, fennel, cumin and nutmeg; cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring continuously. Add beef; cook over a medium heat for a further 3 to 4 minutes, or until meat is browned.
Stir in sugar, coconut, cloves, cinnamon stick, coconut milk , and water. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer until most of the liquid has gone and the meat is tender (about 1 hour). Season with salt to taste.

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