Rendang Gaging (Beef Stew)


This is a Malaysian version of beef stew, which can be served with rice or bread. This recipe is also suitable for the slow cooker.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 7 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 32 mins
8 servings


Spice Paste:

  • 5 shallots, halved

  • 5 stalks lemongrass, bottom thirds only, peeled

  • 5 cloves garlic

  • 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger root

  • 1 (1 inch) piece galangal

  • 5 dried red chile peppers, or more to taste

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons curry powder (Optional)

  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • 1 tablespoon vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

  • salt to taste


  1. Place shallots, lemongrass, garlic, ginger, galangal, and chile peppers in a food processor; process spices into a coarse paste.

  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add spice paste; cook and stir until sizzling and fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in curry powder and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add beef; stir to coat with spices, about 3 minutes. Pour in coconut milk. Cover and simmer stew until beef is tender, about 30 minutes.

  3. Stir vinegar, sugar, and salt into the pot. Continue to cook, covered, until sauce reduces and thickens, about 30 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

367 Calories
27g Fat
12g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 367
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 12g 62%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 74mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 525mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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