Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Beef Rendang

So raya this year I have been tasked by Mama to cook beef rendang. So I thought, ok I have never cooked beef rendang on my own before but how hard can it be? So I googled for the recipe and I found one that is tres easy to do (and very delish I tell you!) Oh don't forget the nutmeg.

3/8 pound shallots
3 cloves garlic
15 dried red chile peppers
5 slices fresh ginger root
5 lemon grass, chopped
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 pinch whole nutmeg
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/4 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
2 cups shredded coconut
5 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 2/3 cups coconut milk
7/8 cup water
salt to taste

Heat the coconut in a dry wok, stirring continuously until golden brown. Set aside to cool.
Using a blender or a food processor, blend the shallots, garlic, chilies, ginger, and lemon grass to a thick paste.
Grind the coriander, fennel, cumin and nutmeg.
Using the wok, fry the shallot paste in a little oil for a few minutes. Add the ground coriander, fennel, cumin and nutmeg; cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring continuously. Add beef; cook over a medium heat for a further 3 to 4 minutes, or until meat is browned.
Stir in sugar, coconut, cloves, cinnamon stick, coconut milk , and water. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer until most of the liquid has gone and the meat is tender (about 1 hour). Season with salt to taste.

Have it with hot ketupat or even rice and bread. Just to die for!

Now, where can I find easy and delicious recipe for 'kuah kacang'?