beef rendang curry in dark green bowl, with yellow rice in background

Beef Rendang Recipe (Resepi Rendang Daging)

  • Author: Azlin Bloor
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6-8 1x


Beef Rendang (rendang daging), the way my mum made it. A curry with meltingly tender beef, slow cooked in a rich, aromatic and highly spiced coconut gravy.



Ingredients A

  • 1kg (2.2lb) good, generous cuts of braising or stewing beef
  • 400ml (1 3/5 cup) coconut milk
  • 250ml (1 cup) water
  • 1 stalk lemongrass (serai), bruised
  • 2 large turmeric leaves (daun kunyit)
  • OR 6 kaffir lime leaves

Ingredients B (to be ground)

  • 3 stalks lemongrass (serai)
  • 2.5cm (1″) galangal (lengkuas)
  • 5cm (2″) ginger (halia)
  • 5 medium cloves garlic (bawang putih)
  • 2030 dried red chillies (cili kering)
  • 2 large onions, quartered (bawang besar)
  • 4 Tbsp kerisik
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric (serbuk kunyit)
  • 1 Tbsp ground coriander (serbuk ketumbar)


  1. Cut the dried red chillies in 2-3 pieces, depending on their lengths, and soak them in a bowl of hot water for 20 minutes. In the meantime, get all the other ingredients ready.
  2. Roll your turmeric leaves up and either using a knife or a pair of scissors, cut them up into thin shreds. If using lime leaves, just tear the leaves up.
  3. Drain and rinse the chillies, and losing the seeds, if you like. Place them aside.
  4. Start chopping your ingredients in the order that they are listed in the above list. Start with lemongrass, chop for 10 seconds, then galangal, chop for another 10 seconds, then ginger, then garlic, and so on. Everytime the chopped ingredients start to feel a bit dry, add a quarter of an onion for moisture. No need for water. Continue chopping/blending until you have a fairly fine mix.
  5. Now get a large saucepan or a dutch oven and place everying in, start with the beef, then the ground ingredients, the coconut milk, the salt, the lemongrass and finally the thinly shredded turmeric leaves or your torn lime leaves.
  6. Put it on a low heat and let it come to a gentle simmer. Stir to mix everything up, and leave, uncovered, to cook for a minimum of 2 and a half hours to 3, until the beef is meltingly tender and you have a dry-ish curry.
  7. You shouldn’t really need to stir the rendang until the last 30 minutes or so, where you’ll have to do it a handful of times, as it starts to dry up and may start to catch on the base.
  8. Serve as suggested above. The beef rendang will keep, covered, for a week in the fridge.
  • Category: Main Course with Rice
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Singaporean, Malaysian, Indonesian

Keywords: curry, eidrecipes, rayarecipes, beefrecipes, rendang