Indonesian Beef Rendang (Rendang Sapi)

Indonesian Beef Rendang

Rendang has its roots in Indonesian cuisine and is one of the most popular dishes from Padang, West Sumatra. This curry dish based on a rich coconut sauce is now also popular in Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Burma, Sri Lanka, and other Asian countries.

You can make this dish spicy or mild, you can change and make variations on the spices used.

The list of ingredients is quite long, but the procedure is easy to follow. Prepare the ingredients in advance and be sure to let it cook until tender.

You need

Flavor base paste

  • 8 shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 3 cm ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cm galangal, peeled and sliced (or add 1 teaspoon of loas powder to the additional ingredients)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed
  • 2 cm turmeric (or add 1 teaspoon turmeric to the additional ingredients)

Spiced oil

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 2 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 lemon grass, cut into big pieces
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 red chili, quantity to taste
  • 12 macadamia nuts, optional

Meat and additional ingredients

  • 500 g beef, diced
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon tamarind paste
  • 2 bay
  • 1-2 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

Topping (optional)

  • 2 tablespoon roasted coconut
  • Sliced green onion
  • Chopped red pepper, low or medium hot


  1. Flavor base: prepare a purée with the ingredients for the flavor base or simply chop finely all ingredients. Set aside.
  2. Spiced oil: heat oil in a pot and add all whole spices fry until fragrant.
  3. Add prepared flavor base paste and stir constantly to keep them from sticking to the pan and burning.
  4. Stir in beef and make sure it’s well coated with the spices and aromatics; cook for 5 minutes but don’t try to brown it.
  5. Add all additional ingredients stir to combine the turn the heat down to medium low and loosely cover with a lid. Stir from time to time and simmer for 3-4 hours until the meat is very tender; if necessary add little water. Once the meat is tender and most of the liquid has evaporated (about 4 hours), remove the lid and turn up the heat and cook down very slowly to become a very thick and brown sauce. Coconut oil will separate.
  6. Place in a serving bowl and for more color sprinkle with topping ingredients



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7 thoughts on “Indonesian Beef Rendang (Rendang Sapi)”

  1. This was incredibly yummy! I’ve made another beef rendang recipe before, but this one was even better. Easy to prepare despite the many ingredients. My shallots were huge, so I halved the amount and only used four instead of eight, and I think that was perfect. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!
    Made it for For your Consideration Tag Game.

  2. Wow, this was so good. Both my husband & I enjoyed it very much. It had lots of great textures and amazing flavors and was easy to make. The house smelled amazing for two days. I didn’t know what to expect as we’d never tried it before, it was delicious. I will be making this again. Thanks for sharing Artsandkitchen. Made FYC Tag Game and so pleased that I did.

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