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BEEF RENDANG

BEEF RENDANG

A dish which hails from Indonesia, it is absolutely delicious with a touch of heat, sweet and a dash of exotic. The sauce should be fairly dry, the beef succulent and falling apart and the the peanuts and cilantro add freshness and contrast. Give this a go if you've never tried Indonesian food...really tasty!

Here's what you'll need

  • 2 pound roasting beef (any size and cut you can get)
  • 2 large onions (peeled and roughly chopped)
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 inch piece of ginger (roughly chopped)
  • 1 head of garlic (peeled and roughly chopped)
  • 3 or 4 red chilies
  • 3 lemon stalks
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves (white bit, roughly chopped)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ cup roasted peanuts (chopped)
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro to garnish (chopped)
  • salt and pepper

Here's how

  1. toss the first 8 ingredients (after the beef) into a food processor and give it a good blitz until fairly smooth

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  3. cube the beef into 2 inch pieces

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  5. in a sautee pan, brown well on all sides, making sure not to over crowd the pan...this is an excercise in patience, but worth it!

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  7. scoop out into a bowl...umami flavour!

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  9. pour the puree mixture into the same pan as you browned the beef...it starts out with a yellow mustard colour

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  11. and after a good 10 to 15 minutes, it should have the colour of a good strong english mustard and toss in the sugar, stirring for a minute or two

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  13. now add the beef back in (with any juices that have bled out, the coconut milk and lime leaves

  14. reduce to low and simmer for about 4 to 4½ hours and most of the liquid is gone and the beef is tender, but you may need to add some water if it gets too dry as it cooks (or add more coconut milk as a fellow redditor suggested when I posted this there...r/FoodPorn)

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  16. garnish with the peanuts and cilantro and serve up with a bit of basmati rice and naan bread

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