Rafed English

Eid Recipe: Beef rendang

Beef rendang a slow-cooked, spicy beef dish made with coconut.

Serves 6

Preparation time less than 30 mins

Cooking time over 2 hours


1.5kg/3lb 5oz steak, cut into large cubes

1.75 litres/3 pints coconut milk

10 small onions, peeled and sliced

4 cloves garlic

2 tsp ground ginger

4 tsp chilli powder

1.5 tsp turmeric powder

2 salam leaves (Indonesian bay leaves; substitute bay leaves)

salt as needed


1. Put all the ingredients in a wok and simmer, uncovered, for three hours until almost all the sauce has been absorbed. Stir frequently, especially towards the end of the cooking time, to prevent sticking.

2. Serve with plain boiled rice.

Source: Adapted from 'The Encyclopaedia of Asian Cookery', first published by Octopus Books Ltd 1960.

Share this article

Comments 0

Your comment

Comment description