Beef rendang is no doubt one of the quintessential cuisine of Indonesia. And it is also one of my all time favourite food. But, just in case if you never heard of rendang, it is a form of dry curry from West Sumatra, traditionally made with beef. The beef is slowly stewed in a mixture of spices and coconut milk until it's meltingly tender. It does take a little bit of time to cook, though saying that it's not too terrible time-consuming, and it's easy!
I make no claim whatsoever that this recipe of mine is authentically Indonesian. This is my version of beef rendang and it is delicious... and that what matters to me.
If you don't want to use beef, chicken is great too (I recommend using chicken thighs or drumsticks, not breasts as they might go stringy) or even venison or lamb will be lovely too.
|Beef Rendang - Photo by Vincent Wilfred|
Beef RendangRecipe by Me
2 medium onions
6 cloves of garlic
1 thumb size piece of ginger
6 red chillies
2 sticks of lemongrass
2 teaspoons dried chilli flakes
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 cinnamon sticks
2 bay leaves
400 ml coconut milk
200 ml water, plus more
Fresh tamarind or tamarind paste or lemon juice
Sweetened soy sauce
1 kg beef tenderloin or braising beef
And here's how I make it...