Beef Rendang

Serve for 4 Persons


This is one of My hubands’s favourite’s food. Actually rendang is a dish which originated from Minangkabau (West Sumatra) and now commonly served across the country &  specially throughout Asia.


Rendang is one of the  characteristic foods of Minangkabau culture, it is served at  ceremonial  occasions  and honor  guests.


The authentic Padang Rendang  will takes hours to cook (usually 4 hours), that is why Rendang is considered a dry curry which means the sauce sticks to the meat.  It makes the Rendang have a unique taste. If you are a fan of curry or you just wish your curry have an abundance flavor then you must try Rendang.




  • 1 kg Boneless Beef, cut into cubes
  • 4 tbsps vegetable oil
  • 1 and half big shallots/ 8 small shallots, Sliced thinly
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg powder 
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 3 tsp of Sambal oelek
  • 2 Lemongrass (cut into 4-inch length & pounded)
  • 1 can of Coconut Milk
  • 100 ml Water
  • 4 Bay leaves
  • Black pepper & Salt to taste

Spice Paste (Blended)

  • 5 Small shallots/ 1 and half big shallots
  • 2 cm Ginger
  • 1 cm Galangal
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 5 chilies (soaked in warm water and seeded)
  • 6 Kaffir Lime Leaves

How  to make it

  1. Blend all the spice paste in a food processor until soft. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a stew pot. Then add the Shallots & fry it until golden brown, add the blended spice paste and sambal oelek. Stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the beef, pounded lemongrass, bay leaves, cinammon powder, nutmeg powder, koriander powder and stir it for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the coconut milk, water, and simmer on medium – low heat, stirring frequently until the meat is almost cooked.
  5. Put the heat to the lowest level, cover it & let it simmer for 1–2 hours. Until the meat is tender and the gravy has dried up. Add some salt to taste (if its too spicy or salty add some sugar).
  6. After 2 hours cooking remove the existing oil from the pan & stir it again.
  7. Steam some rice.
  8. Now the rendang is ready to serve immediately add the steamed rice.

Enjoy! En Guete! Selamat Makan!

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