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The Most Delicious Indonesian Recipe In The World Is Rendang

The Most Delicious Indonesian Recipe In The World Is Rendang

The Most Delicious Indonesian Recipe In The World Is Rendang
- Rendang is indeed one of the most beloved and famous Indonesian dishes, known for its rich and aromatic flavors. 

It is a slow-cooked beef dish that originated from the Minangkabau people of Indonesia and is popular throughout the country and beyond. Rendang is often considered one of the most delicious dishes in the world due to its unique combination of spices and cooking techniques.

The Most Delicious Indonesian Recipe In The World Is Rendang

Here's a classic Rendang recipe for you to try:


  • 500g beef (cuts suitable for slow cooking, like chuck or brisket), cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, bruised
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 turmeric leaves (optional), torn (You can use bay leaves as a substitute if turmeric leaves are not available)
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 6 shallots
  • 4-6 red chilies (adjust to your preferred level of spiciness)
  • 3 candlenuts (substitute with macadamia nuts or cashews if unavailable)
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Blend the ginger, garlic, shallots, red chilies, candlenuts, ground coriander, ground cumin, ground turmeric, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, and ground nutmeg to make a spice paste. You can add a little water if needed to help with blending.
  2. In a large pot or a wok, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the spice paste and sauté until it becomes fragrant and the oil starts to separate.
  3. Add the beef chunks to the pot and cook until they are browned on all sides.
  4. Pour in the coconut milk and add the lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and torn turmeric leaves (or bay leaves). Stir well and bring it to a simmer.
  5. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about 2 to 3 hours or until the beef becomes tender and the sauce thickens. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking or burning.
  6. Once the beef is tender and the sauce has thickened, add the tamarind paste and salt to taste. Stir well and continue to simmer for another 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  7. As the dish cooks, you'll notice the color of the sauce turning darker and richer. Keep simmering until the sauce is almost completely absorbed by the meat.
  8. Once the beef is dark, tender, and the sauce has thickened, remove the lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves.
  9. Serve the Rendang hot with steamed rice or coconut rice. Enjoy the explosion of flavors!

Rendang is often even better the next day, as the flavors intensify over time. It's a labor of love to make, but the delicious, tender, and flavorful results are undoubtedly worth it. Enjoy this classic Indonesian recipe!

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