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Fragrant Beef Dinner From Indonesia

The first destination in this week's travel week is Indonesia. With over 300 ethnic groups, the food in Indonesia has been influenced by Chinese, Middle Eastern, Indian, Pacific Island and European cultures. With such a diverse food heritage, you can better believe that this country produces some seriously good eats. For today's dinner I thought we could all make a delicious beef curry. To check out the recipe for this wonderfully fragrant meal,


Indonesian Beef Curry
From The Star Online - Recipe by Amy Beh
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Note: If you cannot find galangal, substitute with more ginger. If you cannot find fresh turmeric leaves, substitute with powder or omit. Finally, if you cannot find candlenuts substitute with raw Brazil or Macadamia nuts.

600g beef, cubed
6 cups water
1 thumb-sized piece old ginger, smashed
1 thumb-sized piece galangal, smashed
1/2 a piece fresh turmeric leaf, shredded and knotted
1 stalk lemongrass, smashed
2 kaffir lime leaves, torn
1 tomato, halved
1 fresh red chilli, halved and seeded
1 lime, squeezed for juice
4 tbsp oil

Ground ingredients (combined)
14–15 dried chillies, soaked and seeded
10 shallots
6 cloves garlic
1 1/2 cm piece ginger
5 candlenuts
1 star anise
3 cloves
3cm cinnamon stick

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Seasoning
1 tsp sugar or to taste
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp fish sauce

  1. Put beef in a heavy-based saucepan. Add ginger and water. Bring to a low simmering boil, then cook over a gentle heat until meat is cooked.
  2. Heat oil in a wok and fry ground ingredients, star anise, cloves and cinnamon stick until oil rises.
  3. Add tomato, chilli, galangal and lemon grass. Fry until fragrant.
  4. Pour cooked sauce ingredients into beef. Add turmeric leaf and continue to cook, stirring frequently until sauce thickens.
  5. Squeeze in lime juice and add seasoning and kaffir lime leaves. Bring to a boil and dish out and serve.

Source: Wikipedia

Join The Conversation
MissBonnie21 MissBonnie21 10 years
I love Indian food but I have only had chicken cury, this one is one I will for sure try out.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 10 years
I'm Indonesian, and YES, cooking ala Indonesian style takes lots of ingredients. I used to cook this curry, and the semur recipe (but I use beef with them), gulai, ayam goreng from scratch but not anymore after I have my kids, they sell pre-made sauce so it takes me less time to cook! :)
dekisugi dekisugi 10 years
Yum Yum Yum..
Food Food 10 years
fashion & lala - while Indonesian food takes a cue from Indian food, they're actually very different. Although both are delicious, so maybe that makes them the same?!
quietriott quietriott 10 years
i am going to indonesia and singapore soon! maybe i'll have to try this out before i go.
sugababee sugababee 10 years
mmmmmmm it looks AND smell§ soooooooo gooooooooooooooood!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
I haven't had indian food in so long.
fashionhore fashionhore 10 years
I love Indian food, but I can't eat it too much. Because it's so different and diverse from what Americans normally eat, I would say possibly a weekend meal when you have time to recoup the next day. Kind of gross, but I wanted to warn.
Food Food 10 years
mwms - definitely a bunch of ingredients, but once you had everything planned (and purchased), it looks like it would come together pretty easily.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
Whoa. That's a LOT of ingredients...I'd have to plan out this meal days in advance.
Seraphim Seraphim 10 years
that looks SO yummy!!! :)~
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