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Beef Rendang
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5 from 9 votes

How to Cook Beef Rendang (Coconut Milk Spicy Beef Stew)

Beef rendang is an Indonesian spicy dish and no wonder the cooking is similar to our local dishes because Filipinos also have Indonesian ancestors.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time4 hrs 10 mins
Total Time4 hrs 25 mins
Course: Beef Recipe
Cuisine: Malaysian/Indonesean
Keyword: beef rendang, coconut milk, spicy beef stew
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 432kcal
Author: Manny


For the spice paste:

  • 8 dried chilies softened in boiling water and drained
  • 10 small shallots finely chopped
  • 7 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 Tbsp. ginger minced
  • 2 Tbsp. cooking oil
  • 5 tsp. galangal peeled, cut into thin slices (can be substituted with ginger)
  • 2 stalks lemongrass pounded
  • 1 pc tumeric leaf
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves torn

For the beef rendang:

  • 1 kilo beef briskets cut into cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • brown sugar or muscovado sugar to taste
  • salt to taste


How to make the spice paste:

  • With mortar and pestle, grind the softened dried chilies, shallots, garlic and ginger into a fine paste.
  • Heat the oil in a stew pot over moderate heat and fry the paste for 10 minutes and until fragrant.
  • Be careful not to burn the paste. Keep adding some oil a little at a time if the paste becomes too dry.
  • Add the galangal (or ginger), lemongrass, turmeric leaf, and kaffir lime leaves.

How to cook beef rendang:

  • Add beef cubes to the fried spice paste. Stir in coconut milk and add salt to taste.
  • Bring to a simmer (don't boil), cover and stir from time to time until beef is tender for about 3 to 4 hours.
  • Add the sugar, increase the heat and cook a few more minutes, until the sauce has thickened.
  • Serve hot with plain steamed rice, turmeric or java rice.