How to Make Authentic Rendang: A Delicious Indonesian Dish

If you're a fan of Indonesian cuisine, you've probably heard of Rendang. This spicy and aromatic dish is a staple in Indonesian households, especially during special occasions like weddings and festivals. But did you know that Rendang is also popular in neighboring countries like Malaysia and Singapore? In fact, Rendang was recognized as the "World's Best Food" by CNN Travel in 2017.

The good news is that you don't have to travel to Indonesia to taste the authentic Rendang. In this post, we'll share with you the recipe for making Rendang at home. But first, let's talk about what Rendang is and its origins.

Rendang is a slow-cooked dish made with beef, coconut milk, and a blend of spices such as galangal, lemongrass, turmeric, and chili. The dish originated from the Minangkabau ethnic group in West Sumatra, Indonesia, and has become one of the country's most popular dishes. Rendang is usually served with steamed rice or ketupat (rice cake) and is perfect for any occasion.

Now, let's move on to the recipe for making authentic Rendang.


  • 1 kg beef, cut into cubes
  • 3 cups thick coconut milk
  • 1 cup thin coconut milk
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 turmeric leaves, torn into pieces
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, bruised
  • 2 cm galangal, sliced
  • 2 cm ginger, sliced
  • 10 dried chilies, soaked in hot water
  • 6 shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Cooking oil


  • Heat some oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the sliced shallots and garlic and stir until fragrant.
  • Add the sliced ginger, galangal, and bruised lemongrass stalks. Stir for another minute.
  • Add the beef cubes and stir until the meat is browned.
  • Add the soaked dried chilies, kaffir lime leaves, and torn turmeric leaves. Stir for a few minutes until fragrant.
  • Add the then coconut milk and stir until it comes to a boil.
  • Lower the heat and let the mixture simmer for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. Add the thick coconut milk gradually, stirring after each addition.
  • Add the tamarind paste, salt, and sugar. Stir well and continue to cook until the beef is tender and the sauce has thickened.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
  • Serve the Rendang with steamed rice or ketupat.


  • For best results, use fresh ingredients like galangal, lemongrass, and turmeric leaves.
  • You can adjust the amount of dried chilies according to your preference for spiciness.
  • Rendang tastes even better the next day, so you can make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge.

There you have it, the recipe for making authentic Rendang at home. We hope you enjoy this delicious Indonesian dish as much as we do. Let us know in the comments if you have any questions or if you have any tips for making Rendang. Happy cooking! 

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