Beef rendang

    3 hours 20 min

    A subtly spiced Indonesian beef rendang curry that you can make from scratch without the need for ready made curry paste or packet sauces!

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    Serves: 4 

    • 750g beef stewing steak, cubed
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil
    • grated zest of 1/2 lime
    • 1 beef stock cube
    • 200ml of water
    • 200ml coconut cream
    • Rendang curry paste
    • 3 shallots, peeled, coarsely chopped
    • 2 red chillies, seeded, chopped
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 (3cm piece) fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
    • 1 tablespoon turmeric
    • 2 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:3hr  ›  Ready in:3hr20min 

    1. Make the rendang curry paste: In a food processor or blender, combine the shallots, chillies, garlic, ginger, turmeric and peanut butter. Puree until it becomes a thick and somewhat smooth paste.
    2. Season the beef with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil in a frying pan. Fry the meat in batches until brown on all sides. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
    3. Using the same pan, gently fry the curry paste for a few minutes. Add the beef back in. Stir in lime zest, stock cube, water and coconut cream; stir well. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover with a lid but not completely to allow some of the liquid to evaporate. Simmer gently for 3 hours, or until sauce has thickened and beef is tender.
    4. Serve with lime wedges, white rice and green vegetables.

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    I liked it but probably won't make again. It separated into an oily slick and just seemed so full of fat. I had to add much more water to stop it from sticking to the pan. Maybe using coconut milk rather than cream would have been better?  -  11 Apr 2017


    Really tasty and went down very well with the family. It took me quite a bit longer to prep this, but that is is because I am a real beginner at cooking.  -  10 Jan 2017


    Very tasty I did like it but my husband said it was the best thing I have ever made so think I will be making it again  -  30 Oct 2015