Indonesian Beef Rendang recipe

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4 fresh banana peppers, seeded and chopped
4 shallots, chopped
5 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon ground red pepper
2 pounds beef tenderloin, cut into 1 1/2 x 2-inch cubes
1 (1/2 inch) piece galangal, thinly sliced
3 stalks lemon grass, chopped
6 lime leaves
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
3 (15 ounce) cans coconut milk

Nutrition Info

671.6 calories
carbohydrate: 12.9 g
cholesterol: 80.5 mg
fat: 60.3 g
fiber: 3 g
protein: 24.7 g
saturatedFat: 40.7 g
servingSize: -
sodium: 1826.3 mg
sugar: 1.3 g
transFat: : -
unsaturatedFat: : -


  1. Place the banana peppers, shallots, garlic, salt, and ground red pepper in a blender, and pulse until the mixture is a paste.

  2. Place the beef tenderloin cubes in a skillet over medium heat with the pepper mixture, galangal, lemon grass, lime leaves, and turmeric. Cook the beef with the seasonings,stirring occasionally, until the meat is no longer pink inside and the meat juices have mostly evaporated, about 15 minutes.

  3. Pour the coconut milk into the skillet, bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for about 15 minutes. Remove the pieces of beef to a bowl, and let the coconut milk continue to simmer until thickened, about 30 minutes. Return the beef to the coconut sauce, reduce the heat to low, and barely simmer the beef and sauce until the sauce turns brown and the oil has separated from the coconut milk, about 2 1/2 hours. Stir frequently as the sauce thickens.

Recipe Yield

8 servings

Recipe Note

Long hours to cook, but believe me, it is worth the efforts! From northern part of Indonesia, most Western people love this dish very much. They try so badly to find the exotic spices in their home country! Serve with rice.

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