Recipe Rendang

Rendang is a traditional Indonesian dish known for its rich and complex flavours. Originating from the Minangkabau ethnic group of Indonesia, rendang is a slow-cooked beef dish simmered in coconut milk and a mixture of various spices. It's often served during special occasions and is beloved for its tender meat and aromatic sauce. Here's how to make this delicious dish along with serving suggestions, tips, variations, and nutritional information.


  • 1 kg beef (preferably chuck or brisket), cut into cubes
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, bruised
  • 4 cm galangal, sliced
  • 4 cm ginger, sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 6 shallots
  • 8-10 dried red chillies, soaked in hot water and seeded
  • 2 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground fennel
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 3 cloves
  • Cooking oil


  1. In a blender or food processor, combine garlic, shallots, soaked red chillies, ginger, and galangal. Blend into a smooth paste, adding a bit of water if needed.

  2. Heat some cooking oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the spice paste and sauté until fragrant, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add the beef cubes to the pot and cook until browned on all sides.

  4. Pour in the coconut milk and add kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, cloves, ground turmeric, ground coriander, ground cumin, ground fennel, tamarind paste, coconut sugar, and salt. Stir well to combine.

  5. Reduce the heat to low and let the rendang simmer gently, uncovered, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Allow it to cook until the sauce thickens and the beef becomes tender, this usually takes about 3-4 hours. If the sauce dries out before the beef is tender, add a bit of water.

  6. Once the beef is tender and the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency, taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.

  7. Serve the rendang hot with steamed rice or lemang (glutinous rice cooked in bamboo tubes). Garnish with fried shallots if desired.


  • For the best flavour, use freshly ground spices whenever possible.
  • If you prefer a spicier rendang, you can increase the amount of dried red chillies or add fresh bird's eye chillies.
  • Rendang tastes even better the next day as the flavours have had time to develop, so consider making it in advance.
  • Use a heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven for even cooking and to prevent burning.


  • Substitute beef with chicken, lamb, or even jackfruit for a vegetarian version.
  • Add grated coconut towards the end of cooking for extra richness and texture.
  • Experiment with different combinations of spices to suit your taste preferences.

Nutritional Information:

Note: Nutritional values are approximate and may vary depending on the ingredients used.

  • Calories: Approximately 400 kcal per serving (based on a serving size of 1/6 of the recipe)
  • Protein: Approximately 30g
  • Fat: Approximately 25g
  • Carbohydrates: Approximately 15g
  • Fiber: Approximately 2g


Rendang is a flavorful and aromatic dish that is sure to delight your taste buds. With its tender meat and rich, spicy sauce, it's perfect for special occasions or a hearty family meal. Whether you stick to the traditional recipe or experiment with your own variations, rendang is a dish that will always leave a lasting impression.


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