Beef Rendang

(Recipe from this blog post)

I must confess, I wasn’t really sure I wanted to attempt a rendang in the Thermomix. I use Brahim’s rendang paste normally, which is ridiculously good and so easy to make! But I had to admit, it would be pretty cool to say that I could make a good rendang from scratch.

Note 1: The recipe calls for 25g of brown sugar or palm sugar. I used brown sugar but ended up with a recipe that was way too sweet. So I might go with 15-20g palm sugar next time.


30g dessicated coconut

1 large red chilli, end cut off

2.5cm fresh ginger, peeled

3 cloves garlic

1 small red onion, peeled

1 tsp turmeric (I used turmeric powder, but actually think it would be good to try fresh turmeric next time)

20g oil (I used vegetable oil)

1 tsp fish sauce

4 bay leaves

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

3 star anise

5 cardamom pods, split with the flat end of a knife

ground pepper, to taste

15g palm sugar (reduced from original recipe)

150g coconut cream

500g diced beef

I don’t use star anise and cardamom pods regularly, so thought I’d take a happy snap of my dry spices/herbs.



  • Toast the coconut in a saucepan, continuously stirring until it’s a light brown color. Then remove it off the heat immediately and set aside.


  • Pop your chilli, ginger, garlic, onion and turmeric in the TMX bowl, and chop for 10-15 seconds/speed 6.



  • Add the oil and saute for 3 minutes/100 degrees/speed 3.
  • Add all other ingredients except the meat and cook for 5 mins/100 degrees/speed soft.
  • Add the meat and cook for 110 mins/100 degrees/reverse/speed soft. (You’ll have to set the timer twice)



I decided to make this a day early and pop it in the fridge to let the flavours develop. As mentioned before my attempt turned out a bit too sweet, but in terms of texture and taste it was good. I might even add an extra 10g of coconut and toast it a tiny bit longer as well next time!

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6 thoughts on “Beef Rendang

  1. Natasha says:

    I am trying out this recipe as we speak, the house smells amazing, I’ll let you know if we get a good end result

  2. Natasha says:

    It was amazing!! I took you advice re less sugar & more coconut!!kids loved it too, so it’s a winner šŸ™‚ thank you

  3. Maple says:

    Just tried this recipe and it was amazing šŸ™‚ I thought my beef turned out a bit mashed, so I think I put it to cook for too long!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. says:

    We love rendang and adopted your way of preparing it in the Thermomix. It is so much easier: you dont’t have to stir all the time and your kitchen stays clean. Thank you very much for the recipe and your experimental and warmhaerted blog! Greetings from Germany, Andrea

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