Special Beef Rendang Curry


This is a special beef recipe from my country which is really tasty and there is a special technique which softens the beef until the texture is like chicken. The dried shrimp is an added flavor and modification I made to the original dish. This recipe is easy to make, and will be a hit at family gatherings. Tastes really good with steamed or spiced rice.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 45 mins
8 servings


  • 1 pound beef round, diced

  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil

  • ¾ cup dried shrimp, minced

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon chopped lemon grass

  • 2 onions, chopped

  • 1 ¾ cups coconut milk

  • ½ cup red curry paste, or to taste

  • 3 tablespoons turmeric powder

  • 1 fresh red chile pepper, finely chopped

  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. This first step is to soften the beef. Place the beef in a medium saucepan, and add enough water to cover the meat. Cover, and simmer over low heat for at least an hour. Remove the beef from water, and set aside.

  2. Heat the oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Add in the garlic and dried shrimp, and stir fry for a few seconds before stirring in the lemon grass and onions. Reduce heat to medium, and stir in coconut milk, red curry paste, turmeric, and chile pepper. Mix in the beef, and cover the wok. Simmer for 10 minutes over medium heat.

  3. Stir in the cilantro just before serving. Save some cilantro for garnishing on top if you like.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

289 Calories
30g Fat
9g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 289
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 13g 67%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 343mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 14mg 68%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 484mg 10%

* 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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