Beef rendang recipe

Beef rendang recipe

6 long dried chillies, seeds removed and torn in half (keep seeds if you like hot food)
  • 150g Spanish onions, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3cm knob galangal, peeled
  • 3cm knob young ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ turmeric leaf (rolled and finely chopped) (If unavailable, leave out)
  • 6 lime leaves (rolled and sliced)
  • 1 kg topside or chuck steak, cut into 3cm cubes
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 4 tbsp meat curry powder
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut, dry toasted over low heat and ground
  • Salt to taste
  • 1- 2 tbsp thick caramel soy sauce
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Soak chillies in hot water until soft. Place chillies, onion, garlic, galangal, ginger and lemongrass into a blender. Blend to a paste, adding a little of the soaking water from the chillies.

Heat a heavy based pan. Add oil and then fry the paste adding the turmeric and lime leaves. Mix and cook for 3-4 minutes, until fragrant.

Add steak, stir in coconut milk and then the curry powder. Add the water and the desiccated coconut (which will help thicken the rendang). Stir and simmer for 1 – 1½ hrs, or until meat is tender. Lastly, season with salt and soy sauce.

Note : Add additional water if meat is still not tender and continue to simmer. The rendang should have some sauce.

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