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Rendang Sapi (Indonesian Spicy Beef Stew)

DWELL by Michelle
Rendang Sapi is a delicious and authentic Indonesian Spicy Beef Stew - slow cooked and braised in a fragrant blend of coconut milk and rich spice mixture. The result? An incredibly flavorful and tender beef stew, perfectly caramelized and infused with fragrant spices.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indonesian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 414 kcal


  • 2 lbs boneless beef short ribs
  • ¼ cup + 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 4 shallots chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • ¼ tsp ground star anise
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 3 tbsp lemongrass paste
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tsp tamarind paste
  • 5 tbsp toasted coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp palm sugar
  • 2 tsp chili paste , adjust as needed
  • salt and pepper , to taste
  • 2 tbsp ginger paste
  • 2 tbsp lime juice , for serving
  • 4 cups cooked jasmine rice , for serving
  • chopped scallions (optional)


  • Heat olive oil oil in a large pot. Add the onions, garlic, shallots, ginger paste, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, turmeric, and cardamom. Stir until fragrant and onions are transluscent.
  • Add in the beef, lemongrass paste, and chili paste. Simmer for 2 minutes. Then add the coconut milk, water, tamarind paste. Stir for 5 minutes. Then add the toasted coconut flakes, salt, pepper, and palm sugar. Give it a good stir, then cover. Simmer on medium heat for 90 minutes, or until meat is very tender and sauce has reduced.
  • Serve with steamed jasmine rice. Garnish with a squirt of lime juice and sprinkle with chopped scallions (optional). ENJOY!
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