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beef rendang

Beef rendang is inspired by the flavours of Malaysia and Indonesia, recreated at home to make a delicious family meal or the perfect group dinner.

Beef rendang is a dish often cooked in my home, particularly when I have friends coming around for dinner. It’s one of those dishes that require a small amount of preparation in terms of preparing the paste. However once prepared the oven does all the hard work. This warming aromatic beef stew is a winner and when I cook it there are empty plates all round.

Michelle is from a large family, she is the youngest of six siblings, taught to cook by her mother she likes feeding large numbers. When family visit she is known to fill her freezer with large quantities of meat. However, she then forgets its there! One day, while rummaging in the freezer for something, we came across an extremely large pack of stewing steak. This posed the question “what will we do with all this meat?” Not being wasteful we decided to make two large pots of beef rendang, sorting both our dinners for that night.

Why do you cook this in the oven?

Beef rendang is traditionally cooked on the stovetop, but we’ve made this recipe for slow cooking in an oven. Cooking it this way means we don’t have to stand over the hob stirring to stop the curry sticking.  This dish has a dry consistency with a thick and rich flavoured sauce.  It is not overly spicy and was enjoyed by our families, served simply with plain boiled rice.

Additional recipe suggestions:

If you enjoyed this lightly spiced dish try our other slow cooked beef options

Looking for inspiration for feeding the family mid week, then take a look at our Ultimate Guide to Family Dinners. Full of useful hints, tips and recipes.

Beef Rendang

Beef rendang…inspired by the flavours of Malaysia/Indonesia and recreated at home to make a delicious family meal or the perfect group dinner.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 2002kcal


  • 2 tbsp light oil (eg groundnut, vegetable)
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 g cinnamon stick
  • 450 g stewing steak (diced)
  • 400 ml can coconut milk
  • 1 Knorr beef stock pot
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste
  • 1 tsp palm sugar (or soft brown sugar if you cannot find)
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 1 red onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2.5 cm root ginger
  • 3 red chilli (de-seeded)
  • 1.5 stalks lemongrass


  • Place all paste ingredients in a food processor, along with a tablespoon of water and blitz to a fine paste.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy based oven proof dish with a tight fitting lid. Add the paste and fry gently over a medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the dry spices and continue to fry gently for a further 2 minutes.
  • Add the diced steak to the pan and brown it to seal in flavour, taking care to mix it well with the spice mixture.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the pan and stir well, you may need to add an additional 100ml water to loosen the sauce, depending on the coconut milk you use (see note below).
  • Cover the pan with the lid and place in a low oven 150CFan for 3 hours. Check from time to time and stir, adding a little splash of water if it looks like its drying out too much.


Coconut milk varies in consistency depending on the type you buy, first press coconut milk tends to be thicker whilst second press milk is looser in consistency. We used Natco’s Rich & Creamy coconut milk and found that we had to add a further 100ml water to the pot before cooking. If the coconut milk you use is runnier then this may not be necessary.
Nutrition Facts
Beef Rendang
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2002 Calories from Fat 1341
% Daily Value*
Fat 149g229%
Saturated Fat 96g600%
Cholesterol 279mg93%
Sodium 3639mg158%
Potassium 3542mg101%
Carbohydrates 65g22%
Fiber 16g67%
Sugar 32g36%
Protein 116g232%
Vitamin A 1360IU27%
Vitamin C 217.2mg263%
Calcium 301mg30%
Iron 24mg133%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

• Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only •

Course : Main Course
Cuisine : Thai
Keyword : Curry, Easy
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Tuesday 11th of June 2019

Hadn’t cooked this for a while but needed something I could prep and then just chuck in the oven later. It was delicious and back on the regular menu as now even the kids love it. So easy and great for the slow cooker.


Wednesday 12th of June 2019

Thank you Marie, I couldn’t agree more. It looks like a long list of spices but it’s really a very easy cook, more assembly than anything else. Lesley x