Indonesian Rendang

Indonesian Rendang

Indonesian Rendang is one of the most delicious meals of the world as voted by CNN readers and everybody who tasted it. It's typically made with beef cooked in coconut milk for many hours until the meat is tender and has absorbed the flavors of the exotic spices. Substitute beef with chicken for a faster version.
hands-on time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indonesian
Servings 3



  • 1.25 lb beef stew

Fresh Produce

  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • 3 cloves garlic grated
  • 1-3 red chili sliced (optional)

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 1 can coconut milk 13.5 oz
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Rendang Culinary Spice Kit

  • Lemongrass, galangal, coriander, makrut lime leaves, turmeric, mild chili

Suggested Sides

  • basmati rice recommended
  • rice noodles
  • cucumber, carrots, bell pepper sliced
  • lettuce leaves
  • pickled vegetables


  • In a POT, heat 2 tbsp oil over high heat.
  • Season beef with salt and pepper to taste and quickly brown it on all sides.
  • Transfer beef to a PLATE.
  • In the same POT, add onions, ginger, garlic, and optional chili to taste.
  • Fry over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes until the onions turn translucent.
  • Return beef to the POT. Add Rendang spices. Mix well.
  • Add coconut milk and salt to taste. Mix well. Cover. Bring to a boil.
  • Turn heat to low.
  • Cook for 2 to 4 hours until the beef is tender and most of the liquid has evaporated. Stir occasionally.
  • Remove LID, turn heat to high, and fry the sauce to concentrate the flavors. Stir frequently to not burn the beef.
  • The Rendang is done when almost no sauce is left and the beef is dark brown.
  • Serve Rendang over rice or noodles with fresh vegetables.
  • Enjoy!


Notes/ Variations
▪ Substitute beef with chicken thighs or eggplants and zucchini, cut into 1-inch pieces, or lamb stew. Adjust cooking time accordingly.
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