Beef Rendang

Beef Rendang

Out of the many recipes in my ever growing 'to try' list, the one that had been calling my name lately was the beef rendang. Beef rendang is an Indonesian dish that is basically beef braised in coconut milk and spices. I enjoy braising meat and I just had to try braising with coconut milk. I was not sure what cut of beef I would get when I went to the butchers; I just knew that I wanted something that was nicely marbled so that it would become tender and full of flavour. I ended up getting some short ribs that were inexpensive and looked nicely marbled. I had not used short ribs before but they looked like they would work nicely in the rendang. The beef rendang was pretty easy to make though it did require several hours of braising so it is probably best for weekends. While the beef was cooking my place was filled with the amazing aroma of coconut and the spices. By the time the beef was done braising it had absorbed all of the flavours from the spices and it was really tasty! The short ribs had braised well and the meat was nice and moist and literaly falling apart tender. I was pleasantly surprised by how well the coconut and spices worked in this savoury beef dish. I served the beef rendang simply on rice with some toasted coconut.

Beef Rendang

(makes 4 servings)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
5 shallots
1 inch galangal
1 inch ginger
3 lemongrass (white part only)
5 cloves garlic
10 dried chilies (soaked in warm water)
2 tablespoons oil
1 cinnamon stick
3 cloves
3 star anise
3 cardamom pods
1 pound beef (cut into bite sized cubes)
1 lemongrass (white part only, pounded)
1 cup thick coconut milk
1 cup water
1 teaspoon tamarind concentrate
6 kaffir lime leaves (sliced)
6 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes (toasted)
1 tablespoon palm sugar (or sugar)
salt to taste

Directions:
1. Process the shallots, galangal, ginger, lemongrass, garlic and chilies in a food processor.
2. Heat the oil in a pan.
3. Add the paste from step 1, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, cardamom and saute until fragrant.
4. Add the beef and lemongrass and saute for a minute.
5. Add the coconut milk, water, tamarind and simmer while stirring until the meat is almost cooked.
6. Add the kaffir lime leaves, coconut and palm sugar.
7. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the meat is tender and most of the liquid has evaporated, about an hour or two.

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50 comments:

Suzer said...

Looks fabulous. You are fast becoming my fav food blog!

Bridgett said...

Wow, that looks so rich! I could get used to that very quickly.

Dragon said...

I can just imagine the wonderful smells coming from your kitchen.

Indonesia-Eats said...

Wow! You finally made beef rendang. Looking good, Kevin!

There is one ingredient missing to make this rendang become more West Sumatran authentic, add turmeric leaves. I have to plant turmeric on my own since there is no turmeric leaves sold in Winnipeg.

Mochachocolata Rita said...

That looks delicious, kev! I like mine topped with some bawang goreng (crispy fried shallot) please. :)

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

ah, I always zoom into dishes like this whenever I see it served at buffets! Sadly, more often than not, it ends up dry and tough. But braising it for hours at home will definitely eliminate this possibility! Thanks for sharing the recipe Kevin! I hope to get to this soon!

Bobby said...

Braising beef in coconut milk? Interesting! This dish looks great with a nice set of ingredients to back it up. This is something I would enjoy.

Melissa said...

This sounds neat! I have never had any kind of meat cooked with coconut milk, maybe I'll give it as try sometime.

jillian said...

I dont think I have ever had beef with coconut. It sounds great!

Helene said...

I never heard of Beef Rendang before. Now you have a long list of recipes that you had tried and a long list waiting for you to try. This is good because I like to see what your are making Kevin.

Nina Timm said...

That aroma must have been heavenly..I can well imagine!!!!

Heather said...

braising is such a nice way to add so much flavor to meat! this looks just delicious!

Elra said...

Oh Kevin..... I am so proud of you, you made rendang, and Indonesian rendang! yay...
Cheers,
Elra

Sharon said...

Another great creation Kevin!

Vij said...

Hi Kevin
This is my firsttime here. U have a lovely space.I will keep visiting it often :-)
Rendang looks so yummy n inviting.
Do have a look at my blog.

Paula said...

What a great recipe! With 10 chilies, what was the heat level like? I really like beef and coconut flavor, and I bet this was wonderful. Was this "soupy"? It looks just terrific.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A dish I love! Yummy!

Cheers,

Rosa

Lori Lynn said...

Bravo! What great flavors in this dish!

Rosie said...

This looks very delicious Kevin! I just adore calling by and viewing your creations :) I must bookmark your beef rendang to try out.

Rosie x

Happy cook said...

I too have been wanting to make this, till now have not made them.
This looks so yummy.

Bellini Valli said...

This is a very aromatic dish Kevin.

Dawn said...

Oh the smells of your home Kevin! Love this.

Anonymous said...

I have been coming to your blog for a few months now and am alway excited about the things you try---hoping it will rub off on me.

When is the cookbook coming out. you give great details, excellent photos and a wide variety of cuisine.
~Kena

mikky said...

oh dear, you'll ruin my plan to diet... lol... lovely, kevin, just lovely... :)

Jeanne said...

Oooh, that looks good! I love the subtle spicy flavours of this dish.

biz319 said...

Another terrific recipe - STILL haven't tried coconut milk and I am seeing it everywhere!

I need to add it to my pantry purchase list.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I love beef rendang -- it's the specialty of Boston's most popular Malaysian restaurant, and is a dish we enjoyed on our travels in Malaysia, too.

Jeena said...

This looks gorgeous and those flavours sound lovely.

syrie said...

Kevin, I love beef rendang and I think it's great you made it using short ribs. I'll have to try this too.

Dana McCauley said...

I love beef rendang. I've never made it myself so I'm going to bookmark your recipe. Thanks!

Cakebrain said...

I always order beef rendang when I eat out in restaurants. Good going making it! the list of ingredients is daunting to me!

tastymealsathome.com said...

Nice! Redeng !!! Great recipe

beachlover said...

wow!! Kevin!! must salut you now wt Beef rendang !!! love this dish !! Malaysian love this dish too!! How you find so much ingredients in your place? Add more spicy for me please!!...

Robin Sue said...

Whoa there are some neat ingredients in this dish. Looks great and I can imagine that it did smell great while cooking!

Parker said...

Great flavors, would have never thought of pairing lemongrass and cinnamon...

Natashya said...

That is on my to try list too! It looks delish!

Deborah said...

this is another dish I have never heard of, but it really sounds like something I would love!

Julia said...

I love beef rendang... Thanks for the inspiration... i think I'll have to make this for dinner this weekend. And if you can believe it, I have all the ingredients (except the beef) in my pantry. Better yet, I have some of that fabulous Vietnamese Cinnamon that White on Rice Couple was waxing on about.

glamah16 said...

I just got an Indonisian cookbook and would love to try this. Sounds excellent.

~Madeline~ said...

I've never heard of Beef Rendang but it sounds fantastic! I love short ribs and am always looking for different recipes for them. I can't even imagine how good they must be with coconut milk. This is a definite must try!

Maria said...

Never even heard of this one! I love all the interesting dishes you try!

Maggie said...

Fantastic combination of spices! Whoever dines with you is so lucky!

Foxglove said...

Hey kevin! Thanks for the comment! peanutbutter at any tempreature's is so good! Beef rendang's one of my fav and ur dish looks superb!

TasteHongKong said...

Just to share with you a Chinese recipe - stewed beef shank, http://www.tastehongkong.com/recipes/stewed-beef-shank. Enjoy,TasteHongKong

kickpleat said...

i LOVE beef rendang and never thought to make it myself! this certainly looks easy enough. i'm definitely bookmarking this.

Yasmeen said...

Heart warming bowl of food with flavorsome beef and rice,the coconut does make it a rich dish.

Kevin said...

Paula: No, it was not soupy. It was simmered until almost all of the liquid is gone. It was more pasty and that allowed all of the flavourful sauce to stick to the beef.

Michelle said...

I love Beef Rendang. I tried making it once, but I think the quality of the meat was lacking so I ended up not enjoying it as much as I should have but freaked out about the flavour. This sure is a classic!

Ginny said...

I love Beef Rendang! I really should give it a try! :)

Etty Barus said...

I'm proud of you to make Beef Rendang.. it's one of my country (Indonesia) famous food. There's another popular food from Indonesia, it's "Nasi Goreng" (Fried Rice) ..

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