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Special Beef Rendang Curry Recipe
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Special Beef Rendang Curry

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"This is a special beef recipe from my country which is really tasty and there is a special technique which softens the beef until the texture is like chicken. The dried shrimp is an added flavour and modification I made to the original dish. This recipe is easy to make, and will be a hit at family gatherings. Tastes really good for steamed or spiced rice."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 15 mins

    1 hr 45 mins


  1. This first step is to soften the beef. Place the beef in a medium saucepan, and add enough water to cover the meat. Cover, and simmer over low heat for at least an hour. Remove the beef from water, and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Add in the garlic and dried shrimp, and stir fry for a few seconds before stirring in the lemon grass and onions. Reduce heat to medium, and stir in coconut milk, red curry paste, turmeric, and chile pepper. Mix in the beef, and cover the wok. Simmer for 10 minutes over medium heat.
  3. Stir in the cilantro just before serving. Save some cilantro for garnishing on top if you like.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 04, 2006

Tasty and quick (once you get everything cooking). I would actually cook the meat in the coconut milk mixture for the stated time- it is still moist and tender but it infuses the flavors. I also added carrots, potatoes, and green peas. A note on the curry paste- it is usually sold in Asian markets in cans the size of tuna, If you buy this size, half a can will make a pretty spicy dish. Usually a fourth of a can will impart pleanty of flavor if you like some spice but not too much. Enjoy!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 16, 2007

not enough sauce for us


15 Ratings

Jun 27, 2005

Good flavors, but HOT, HOT, HOT!!! I omitted the chili and only used half the curry paste and it was still almost too spicy to eat. Plus, watch out -- tumeric will stain your clothes!!!

May 09, 2006

I changed this recipe up a bit. I didn't have any dried shrimp so i left that out. I used only 1 Tbsp of Sambal Oelek paste instead of the red chili paste. My kids don't like it to spicy. I also added 1 T of cumin. I added some extra veggies. 1 jicama chopped, 1 green pepper chopped,1 shredded carrot and 1 cup snow peas chopped and 1 cup chopped kale. I always add extra veggies just to get them in for the kids. These added veggies added a lovely color. I found it a bit thick after the veggie addition so i added 1 cup plain yogurt. At the end i also added 1 cup raisins and 1/2 cup sesame seeds Extra crunch and a bit of sweetness from the raisins. Great recipe.

Apr 11, 2007

Pretty good. Cheated massively by not pre-treating the beef (time reasons), just chucked it in and sauteed it with the garlic, onions etc. Didn't have dried shrimp, so substituted prawn paste which worked well, otherwise used ingredients specified - including red chilli pepper. Served with steamed rice and the whole lot went in minutes. Thanks for the recipe.

Apr 05, 2010

Love it!!! This recipe is similar to my mom's. Recommend leaving out the shrimp. though. For a great flavor to enhance the curry, try with cooked crumbled bacon on top, and serve over steamed Thai Jasmine rice! Delicious!!! Thanks so much for sharing it, my mother passed away when I was young, and I never did get the original recipe, this one is the most similar that I have found to date. Krup Khun Ka!!!

Jan 13, 2010

I have tried just about every curry recipe on this site and this is my favorite! I did brown the beef (coated in a little soy sauce and flour) instead of boiling it for sake of time. I also omitted the shrimp because my wife doesn't like anything remotely fishy tasting. Still turned out fantastic! Goes great with some roti and basmati rice. But be forewarned, it is very spicy (like curry is supposed to be).

Jun 02, 2004

this recipe is wonderful...soooo delicious! my family loved it ;)


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  • Calories
  • 289 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.4 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 51 mg
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 30.2 g
  • 46%
  • Fiber
  • 1.8 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 20.7 g
  • 41%
  • Sodium
  • 343 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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