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Malaysian beef rendang

Posted in : Indonesian on by : Richard Lamse


Very spicy dish! Delicious with nasi goreng and serundeng.  One of my favorites!

3/8 pound shallots*
3 cloves garlic
15 dried red chile peppers
5 slices fresh ginger root
5 lemon grass**, chopped
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 pinch grated nutmeg
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/4 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
2 cups shredded coconut
5 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 2/3 cups coconut milk
7/8 cup water
salt to taste

Heat the coconut in a dry wok, stirring continuously until golden brown. Set aside to cool.

Using a blender or a food processor, blend the shallots, garlic, chilies, ginger, and lemon grass to a thick paste. Grind the coriander, fennel, cumin and nutmeg. Using the wok, fry the shallot paste in a little oil for a few minutes. Add the ground coriander, fennel, cumin and nutmeg; cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring continuously. Add beef; cook over a medium heat for a further 3 to 4 minutes, or until meat is browned. Stir in sugar, coconut, cloves, cinnamon stick, coconut milk , and water. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer until most of the liquid has gone and the meat is tender (about 1 hour).  Season with salt to taste.

* if you do not have shallots, you can use red onion (closest in flavour) or yellow onion.
** lemon grass adds a unique flavour to any dish. If you cannot find it, lemon zest is the closest replacement. 

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