The Best Beef Rendang

A rich and tender coconut beef stew which is explosively flavoursome – it will definitely win you over!
Servings: 4 yield(s)
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 105 mins
Total Time: 125 mins
    For the curry paste
  • 5 shallots (peeled & roughly chopped)
  • 2 cm fresh ginger (peeled and roughly chopped)
  • 1 tbsp galangal
  • 5 garlic cloves (peeled and roughly chopped)
  • 3 lemongrass (outer layer removed and roughly chopped)
  • 8 dry chillies (soaked in water and roughly chopped)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • For the curry
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cinnamon stick (broken in half)
  • 3 star anise
  • 3 cardamom pods (crushed with the back of a spoon)
  • 3 cloves
  • 750 g braising steak (cut into 2cm cubes)
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 2 tsp tamarind puree
  • 6 kaffir leaves
  • 1 lime (zest only)
  • 1 tbsp palm sugar or sugar
  • salt to taste
  • 50 g desiccated coconut flakes
  • To serve
  • Basmati rice (cooked as per packet instructions)
  • 1 small bunch of fresh coriander (finely chopped)
  1. Place all of the curry paste ingredients into a food processor and blend until you have a smooth puree.
  2. Heat a large frying pan and add the oil. Add the curry paste and fry for 1-2 minutes until the paste in darker in colour and very aromatic.
  3. Add the cinnamon, star anise, cardamom pods and cloves and cook for a further minute and then add the braising steak.
  4. Fry the meat in the paste until browned all over and then pour in the coconut milk and tamarind, simmer and then add the kaffir leaves, lime zest and sugar. Season with salt and simmer for 1 – 1 ½ hours, stirring frequently. When ready the meat should be very tender and the sauce very rich.
  5. Meanwhile in a dry pan toast the coconut flakes until they are deep brown in colour. Blend to a powder in either a food processor or pestle and mortar. When the curry is ready stir in the coconut and mix through.
  6. Serve with basmati rice and a sprinkling of fresh coriander. Enjoy!