Rendang Padang - Indonesian Beef Curry (Slow Cooker)

"This is a very close representation to what I have had in restaurants. But beware because it can be quite spicy depending on the heat of the chiles you use. The beef should be almost falling apart. Serve with steamed white rice and Achar. From Secrets of Slow Cooking."
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  • Put the beef in the slow cooker.
  • In a blender or food processor combine the chilis, onion, ginger, garlic, lemongrass, tamarind paste, 1 cup warm water, and the spices.
  • Puree until smooth, then pour over the beef.
  • Stir in the coconut milk and cook, covered, on the low setting for 5-6 hours.
  • The beef will be tender and the sauce will be dark brown.
  • Ladle most of the sauce into a small saucepan and cook over medium high heat to reduce until slightly thickened, about 30 minutes.
  • Pour the sauce back in the cooker and cook on high for 30 minutes to 1 hour longer.
  • Stir in the sugar and season with salt to taste.
  • Serve over steamed rice.

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  1. David N.
    I followed the recipe to the letter but only added one teaspoon of tamarind paste following other reviews. The result was completely inedible - horrible bitter, thin sauce and far too much liquid. Had to throw it all away. Really disappointed.
  2. kareen.richard23
    A teaspoon of tamarind paste should be sufficient. I've never used sugar. Peanutbutter??? I shudder at the thought. It takes away from the authenticity of the dish, Craig C. Rendang and Satay are two different animals. I was born in Indonesia and have been cooking Indonesian food all my adult life, so I know.
  3. Fred A.
    I think the author meant 1/3 cup of diluted tamarind paste. 1/3 cup of tamarind (either lumps or paste) will be waaaaaaaaaaaayyy too sour
  4. Craig C.
    I added a little bit more sugar and a couple of table spoons of Crunchy peanut butter to take away some of the sourness of the tamarind paste. the peanut butter maintained the rending subtle satay taste to it
  5. melindaschultz
    I LOVE beef rendang... And this didn't taste anything like it. WAY WAY WAY too sour. I couldn't do anything to take out the sour. Maybe 1/2 a teaspoon of tamarind would have been enough, but 1/3 is WAY too much. It's all you can taste. I threw out the whole thing.



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