Posted on November 25, 2008. Filed under: Indonesian Recipies | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Beef Rendang

Rendang is one of the most popular dishes from Padang, West Sumatra.
Padang is known by their delicious meals made from coconut milk.
You can make it spicy or mild, depend how you like it.
I like it because the taste is really strong and aromatic.
However, it takes a bit longer time to cook so that the beef will be soft and tender.


500 gr. beef.
4 Onions.
6 Garlic cloves.
100 gr. Fresh red chillies.
2½ cm Ginger root.
2 cm Turmeric.
1 stalk Lemon grass.
3 Lime leaves.
2 bay leaves.
1 teaspoon salt.
1 teaspoon brown sugar
3 cm galangan (laos/lengkuas in indonesia) peeled and sliced.
600 ml Coconut milk.
75 ml water.


Put the Onions, Garlic, Chillies, Ginger, Turmeric and Water in a food processor and make into a smooth paste.
Dice the meat and mix with half the paste.
Set aside.
Put the other half of the paste into a heavy sauce pan and add the coconut milk, chopped lemon grass, bay leaves and lime leaves.
Boil without the lid for about 30 min. until mixture is reduced to half.
Put sugar and salt.
Add the meat mixture and return to boil.
Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring regulary, for a further hour till the steak is tender.
Serve with boiled rice.

You can use chicken, fish, egg too, not only use beef for “rendang”


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