How to cook Rendang Padang

Rendang Padang

This is the recipe for Rendang Padang if you want the glorious taste without that overly-rich oil feel that makes you weep with guilt after.

Recipe for Rendang Padang


  • 1 kg of Beef, cut into 4cm-thick slices
  • 10 dried chillies
  • 4 red chillies
  • 10 shallots
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 5 cm-thick piece lengkuas (galangal)
  • 5 cm-thick piece old ginger
  • 4 stalks of lemongrass (use only 7cm of the root part)
  • 4-5 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 daun kunyit (tumeric leaf)
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 coconuts (only grated white portions)
  • 2 slices of assam keping (sour fruit)
  • 1 tbsp of tamarind mixed with 2 tbsp of water. Strain and reserve.
  • 250ml of water
  • 2-3 tbsp of cooking oil


  1. Soak the dried chillies for 20 mins. or until soft. Rinse chillies and set aside.
  2. Put half of the grated coconut in a muslin cloth and pour in the 250ml of water. Squeeze to extract the coconut milk. Refrigerate.
  3. Heat the wok or a non-stick frying pan.
  4. Fry the remaining grated coconut over low heat, stirring constantly to prevent it from burning. Do not use oil. It should take around 30 mins. to get the grated coconut to brown.
  5. Allow to cool, then blend till fine. Set aside 3 tbsp for use later. Store the remainder in a glass jar and refrigerate.
  6. Grind the dried chillies, red chillies, shallots, garlic, lengkuas, old ginger and lemongrass together to make the rempah. Use a little water to help the process if you are using a blender.
  7. Heat 2-3 tbsp of oil in a pot over a small fire. Add the rempah and fry until it browns and give off a strong aroma.
  8. Add daun kunyit and lime leaves.
  9. Add beef and fry until the beef is coated with rempah.
  10. Add the coconut milk and 1 tsp of salt or more to suit your taste, and the ground coriander.
  11. Next the assam keping and tamarind juice. Cover and allow to simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, for two hours until the beef is tender.
  12. Add in 3 tbsp of the toasted grated coconut and stir thoroughly.
  13. Serve with hot rice.
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  1. Anonymous

    This rendang do look good! Sounds like something my husband would like!

  2. lisa

    Lovely! Great rendang recipe! Really delicious looking. It is quite painful to do your own rendang. It takes few hours…

  3. Zee

    wow your picture is making me drool. it looks so good!

    haha like lisa, cooking rendang really takes quite awhile so sometimes when I get a craving i just use the rendang paste from prima taste. it tastes as gd as the real thing so it’s really satisfying 🙂

    haha when i’m in the mood to do some serious cooking, i’ll try out your recipe!

  4. Singapore Local Favourites

    Correct. Do leave a comment after trying this recipe. Have a nice weekend!

  5. Singapore Local Favourites

    True. But I think it’s worth the effort. This dish is authentic.

  6. Wahida Mikail

    Awesomely delicious with kampong chicken. Next Will try it with mutton 🙂