Fast 800 recipes: Beef rendang

This Fast 800 beef rendang recipe is a pared-down version of the Malaysian classic but is incredibly delicious and satisfying. Serve with steamed spring greens, long-stemmed broccoli or pak choi.

fast 800 recipes beef rendang
Smith & Gilmour


SERVES 4

600g beef braising steak, trimmed and cut into roughly 4cm chunks
6 garlic cloves, peeled
50g fresh root ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
2 medium red onions, peeled and quartered
1 tsp crushed dried chilli flakes
2 tbsp coconut or rapeseed oil
1 × 400ml can coconut milk
3 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 beef stock cube
½ tsp ground cinnamon
2 stalks lemongrass, trimmed (optional)
lime wedges, to serve

1. Preheat the oven to 170C/150C fan/gas 3. Season the beef with sea salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper.

2. Put the garlic, ginger, onions and chilli flakes in a food processor and blitz until very finely chopped.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick frying pan over a high heat. Fry the beef in two batches until lightly browned on all sides and transfer to a flameproof casserole dish.

4. Add the remaining oil to the pan and gently fry the garlic and onion mixture for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

5. Add to the casserole with the beef and stir in the coconut milk, soy sauce and 200ml water. Crumble in the stock cube and add the cinnamon. H If using the lemongrass, snap each stalk twice without completely separating the pieces, or bash with a rolling pin, and add to the curry (this will release their flavour). Stir well and bring to a simmer. Cover with a lid and cook in the oven for 2.-3. hours, or until the beef is meltingly tender.

COOK’S TIPS Lemongrass stalks can be found with the garlic and ginger in the supermarket, but you can use 2 tablespoons of puréed lemongrass from a jar if you prefer. If you don’t have a food processor, grate the garlic, ginger and onion. You could also simplify the recipe by using a ready-made rendang paste, but these tend to contain sugar.

ON 5:2 NON-FAST DAYS Serve with 2-3 tablespoons of cooked brown rice and some minty yoghurt raitha (there’s a recipe in the book). 

NUTRITION PER SERVING CALS 482, PROTEIN 36g, FAT 31.5g, FIBRE 2.5g, CARBS 12.5g

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