Malaysian Beef Rendang


This dish has a unique flavor, and by varying the amounts of sugar and chilies a whole range of effects can be produced. Serve over rice.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
6 servings


  • pound shallots

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 15 dried red chile peppers

  • 5 slices fresh ginger root

  • 5 lemon grass, chopped

  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds

  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds

  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds

  • 1 pinch grated nutmeg

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 ¼ pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes

  • 1 ½ tablespoons white sugar

  • 2 cups shredded coconut

  • 5 whole cloves

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 1 ⅔ cups coconut milk

  • cup water

  • salt to taste


  1. Heat the coconut in a dry wok, stirring continuously until golden brown. Set aside to cool.

  2. Using a blender or a food processor, blend the shallots, garlic, chilies, ginger, and lemon grass to a thick paste.

  3. Grind the coriander, fennel, cumin and nutmeg.

  4. Using the wok, fry the shallot paste in a little oil for a few minutes. Add the ground coriander, fennel, cumin and nutmeg; cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring continuously. Add beef; cook over a medium heat for a further 3 to 4 minutes, or until meat is browned.

  5. Stir in sugar, coconut, cloves, cinnamon stick, coconut milk , and water. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer until most of the liquid has gone and the meat is tender (about 1 hour). Season with salt to taste.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

654 Calories
55g Fat
25g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 654
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 55g 70%
Saturated Fat 37g 187%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 83mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 5mg 26%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 8mg 42%
Potassium 874mg 19%

* 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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