Slow-cooked in aromatic spices and toasted coconut, this Indonesian beef curry is fantastic.
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Yes you can substitute with fresh chilies, or the small dried chilies. You will just have to use less as they will be quite a bit hotter. Try using just a few at first to see how hot it is.
This may alter the color somewhat but in the end it dish will still be delicious.
After I have mixed all the ingredients together, I finished this in a claypot in the oven, free up some time to do some other things. I omitted the tamarind and ketchup manis, and added 2 stalks of lemon grass. Certainly taste better the next day.
Made this dish for friends on New Years, but rather than cook it on the stove top I used the oven. I cooked it at 200°F/95°C for about 6 hours...really nice and tender.
I bought a 3 lb beef shoulder and cut it up myself. There was plenty for everyone (6 of us) with leftovers...Yum!
This year, instead of a traditional turkey, I decided to make a rijstaffel for my Dutch/Indonesian in-laws, and the feature dish was your beef rendang. It was an 8-course menu, and the beef rendang was the clear hit of the dinner. I'll make it again for sure, maybe with fewer courses to go with it (whew!). Thanks for the great recipe.
Hi, I'm from Indonesia and often cook rendang but without kecap manis. Since the origin of rendang come from Padang, Sumatra, they never sweetened the cook that have chilies as one of the ingredients.
Later on, the Padang restaurant become popular around all Indonesia, the Javanese who prefer the sweet taste add kecap manis to balance the hot of the chili.
If you can buy a fresh coconut, here we prepare the coconut milk in two type of thickness:
1. The thick milk (by adding just a few water to the shredded coconut and squeeze them once)
2. The light milk (by adding enough water to cover the beef to the same shredded coconut and squeeze them several times)
The light milk use to broth the beef till tender and we add the thick milk after it. This technique to prevent the sauce to split and give a natural sweet and rich flavor to the rendang.
As you say this is a matter of what taste we prefer, just to share my experience of cooking rendang. Sorry for my poor English.
Hi There: I have Kaffir lime leaves (not fresh) but I can't seem to find fresh Kaffir Limes anywhere. Is there something I can use as a substitute? Will regular lime zest give me a similar result and are my dried leaves going to be okay?
If you type in "kaffir" in the search bar (top right of each page) you will find a few threads on this. Here is one in particular that you might find helpful. Cheers!
If you cannot find fresh kaffir lime leaves then dried is still a fairly good option (if they are not too old and dried out). Cheers!
going over the stewing technique i am just curious how this recipe fits in since the the dry spices and paste are fried before adding the meat. That seems to be contra the explanation of first searing the meat with spices, adding your flavor layers before deglasing and adding the cooking liquid.
Why not follow the same order for this recipe. Really curious to understand the logic behind it better. thx!
The thing with cooking is that every culture has their own way of doing things. This is simply just another method of stewing. You could follow the way taught in the lesson and achieve similar results. One of the greatest things about cooking is that there is rarely only one way to do something. Cheers!
This is absolutely one of the most delicious dishes I have ever made. My guests were ecstatic!!! I left out the kecap manis because it was not gluten free and one of my guests has a problem. I added it back in to the leftovers the next day. Either way it was fantastic.
Hi Dawn, I just have a question about times. I made this today (well a VERY close variation but still 2lbs of beef) and it turned out great BUT it took almost 3 hours to get fork tender and probably still could have been cooked longer. Flavor-wise fantastic, timing...much longer.
I had the same issue yesterday with French onion soup- it took 1.5 hours to caramelize the six onions versus the 45 min listed. I know times vary but both of these were almost double.
I am on an electric stove...the onions were cooked as listed medium low (I used 3-4 on dial) and similar today. I know times vary but these seemed so drastic. And today I was definitely simmering!! Any ideas?
(My visiting brother (also from Vancouver incidentally!) said that he's never heard of it taking less than two hours...but he did love the flavor.)
I love Rouxbe and don't want to be stressed that either I am doing something wrong, super-slowly, or that I need an industrial stove top!!
The amount of time for any stew or braised dish is hard to say exactly. The size of the meat, the cut of the meat, the type of meat and the heat the dish is cooked at will all impact cooking times. This is one of the many reasons why we cook our braises and stews the day before. This allows the meat the time it needs to cook without having to panic that dinner is supposed to be on the table at a certain time.
For more information, I encourage you to review the lessons in the Moist-Heat Cooking Section of the Cooking School. In particular, the lessons on "Combination Cooking Fundamentals", "Stewing" and even "Braising".
For the caramelized onions you may have just needed to turn the heat up a bit. Also the amount you had in the pan, the pan itself and you heat source would all play a role in the cooking time. If you have an electric stove this will also come into play with timing.
It is also important to keep in mind that cooking times are always just estimates. We do try to be real with our times but so many things factor into cooking times that it's hard and/or impossible to give exact cooking times. The speed one chops at, the heat they use, the pan they use etc. will all play a part in how long a dish takes to prepare and cook. Hope that helps Gail. Cheers!
Thanks Dawn, that is my main problem ...the dinner time panic!!
Thanks for your comprehensive answer and I am going to go back and review everything. Of course right now I am trying to make a lemon meringue pie that is again NOT going to be ready in time for dinner! I never learn! Well...it's a slow process!:)
Thank you again, I just wanted to ask because I know you always answer thoroughly and helpfully and I want to take advantage of that!
Thanks again!! So really...the answer I need to take home is "START EARLIER!!!".:)
PS I love the idea of Beef Rendang New Years. Yum.
My Mother's side is from Malaysia, so have had beef rendang before many times. Love it. Long story short, my version last night turned out pretty bad. Wondering a couple things:
1) used dried thai chilles - how important are the dried long chillies?
2) Are all types of dried coconut created equally? Used a shredded coconut that was still pretty moist even after toasting.
3) Used grassfed beef (was on sale) - it usually has a lower fat content. Does that take longer to cook bc 2 hours of simmering definitely did not make it fork tender
4) Is this something that I can use slow cooker for? If so, how?
Thanks guys. Would love to try this again
Hi Shekhar- OK, I'm sorry that the dish did not turn out as you would have hoped. There are a many types of thai chilies and the long chilies are not as piquant as the short dried chilies. They also have more flesh and substance which adds to the texture and consistency of the sauce in the dish.
As for coconut, there are many types. I find it useful to let the coconut really dry out in a warm (not hot) oven after toasting. Some products have sugar added, which causes premature coloration. Try to achieve both a golden color and a crispy texture.
There are no rules re: grass fed vs grain fed beef in terms of cooking times. If the dish is not cooked through, let it go a while longer. The type of cut, specific temperature, pH of the liquid, and other factors influence cooking times.
Finally, yes, you can use a slow cooker, but I'd only use it to simmer - the initial frying stage should be executed in a heavy pot and then the ingredients should be transferred to the slow-cooker.
I hope this helps~ Cheers!