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Rendang: A Spicy Beef Stew from Padang That Will Leave You Wanting More

Rendang is a spicy beef stew that originated from the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra, Indonesia. It is a slow-cooked dish that is traditionally prepared for special occasions, such as weddings and festivals.

Rendang is known for its rich and complex flavor, which comes from a combination of spices and coconut milk. The beef is simmered in this mixture for several hours until it becomes tender and the flavors have melded together.

Here's a recipe for Rendang that you can try at home:

  • 1 kg beef, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 cups coconut milk
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, bruised
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 turmeric leaves
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying
Spice Paste:
  • 10 shallots
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 5 red chilies
  • 10 dried chilies, soaked in hot water
  • 2 inches ginger
  • 2 inches galangal
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  1. Blend all the spice paste ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Heat some oil in a large pot and fry the spice paste until fragrant.
  3. Add the beef and fry until browned on all sides.
  4. Add the lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, turmeric leaves, tamarind paste, palm sugar, and salt. Stir to combine.
  5. Pour in the coconut milk and bring the mixture to a boil.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the beef for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally, until the beef is tender and the sauce has thickened.
  7. Serve the Rendang hot with steamed rice and your favorite condiments.
Rendang is a delicious and spicy dish that is perfect for those who love bold and complex flavors. The slow-cooking process allows the beef to absorb all the flavors of the spices and coconut milk, creating a dish that is rich and flavorful. Give this recipe a try and you won't be disappointed!

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