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Curried Potatoes & Green Beans with Spicy Beef Stew

beef stew: Rendang


Spice Paste

  • 1-2 tsp chopped crispy fried garlic
  • 1-2 tsps turmeric powder
  • 2 candle nuts I have no substitution to this, you may find them online or at Asian stores. I have never tried substituting with anything, but sometimes I think we can either use almond if not cashew or perhaps Brazil nuts
  • 1-2 tsp coriander
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 of large onion

Curried Potato and Green Beans

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 8-12 potatoes peeled, quartered, wash clean
  • a plate of green beans halved, wash clean
  • at least 2 tsps Hungarian Vegeta seasoning
  • water as needed

Paste For The Beef

  • 2 tbs galangal roots
  • 3 cm turmeric
  • 2 cm ginger
  • 150 gram red hot chili
  • 5 shallots
  • 5 garlic
  • 2 tsp of salt

Beef Stew

  • 1 kg beef without fat cut cubes to 4 x 4 cm
  • 2 turmeric leaves tie knots each
  • 3 kafir lime leaves
  • 2 lemongrass
  • 2 cm of tamarind
  • 1 1/4 lt of coconut milk from 2 coconuts
  • 9 shallots make thinly slices


Potatoes and Green Beans

  • In a food processor, make a paste of all the ingredients (spices and oil).
  • Heat a non stick pan, saute paste, add in potatoes, stir to coat; add in a little water. Cook until tender (unless you pre-boiled them first) then add in green beans. Do not over cook green beans; slightly crunchy still.
  • Add in seasonings to your taste bud; add in a little more water if needed.

Beef Stew

  • Process spices into paste
  • Mix coconut milk with turmeric leaves, kafir lime leaves, lemongrass, the slices of shallots, tamarind, and paste, altogether. Bring to boil until oily comes out of the soup
  • Meanwhile, wash clean the beef cubes, drain, then add into the soup.
  • Stir occasionally, and cook until beef tender and soup thickened and turn in color into rich brown. Eventually, all the soups will be gone as it will be thickened.


For quicker cooking time, you can pre-boil or pre-steam the potatoes until half done.
Do not forget to always stir well every now and then especially when the soup is thickening and went dry in the end, leaving only the cooked spicy beef.
Do watch out of the bubbling thickening hot soup when you are stirring the beef in the coconut milk.