'Rendang' is a traditional Minangkabau dish. Over the centuries, this dish has been adapted to local cooking cultures and is now no longer only found in Indonesia but also available in neighbouring countries like Malaysia and Singapore. The time taken to cook rendang is much longer than cooking curries as it thrives when cooked slowly. This rendang recipe has been shared by a Malay neighbour of mine using very simple ingredients which are easily found. Check out the comments and you will agree this is the rendang recipe that you have to try. The key to good rendang is quality ingredients besides its cooking technique. The tips are shared below:
You may use chicken breast for rendang. However, the best part for rendang would be its thigh. Feel free to substitute chicken meat with either beef or mutton, according to your preference.
Rendang paste or powder consists of chillies, galangal, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, shallots, kerisik and sometimes other spices as well.
Kerisik is made by dry frying grated coconut (fresh or frozen) over medium heat until it browns. It is then pounded until it releases oil and creates a paste. Using dessicated coconut as a substitute will not result in a paste. Instead, it will only be in a powder form which is absolutely acceptable too.
There are a few ways to reduce the spiciness of the rendang. The first method is the handling of the chillies. Process the chillies by removing the membranes and seeds to reduce the heat. Besides that, adding coconut milk helps as well.
In the video, you would noticed that there was not much gravy in the dish. If you want the rendang with more gravy, add in some water or more coconut milk. Allow it to simmer until the desired consistency. Do note that coconut milk will reduce the spiciness and makes the appearance of the rendang much lighter.
You may cook chicken rendang using a slow cooker. Simply put all the blended ingredients, meat, coconut milk and water into the slow cooker and cook for 6 hours. The chicken rendang would be succulent and tender.
To many, cooking rendang seems daunting and complicated. Do not be intimidated for this is a simple version. Trust me, this is delicious.
Chicken Rendang is also known as: Rendang Ayam
In a dry and clean pan, toast desiccated or grated coconut over medium heat until golden brown. Remove from pan. Pound grated coconut until oil is released. If using desiccated coconut, it should be pounded finely.
Blend dried chillies, galangal, garlic, shallots and lemongrass stalks finely. Heat up a pan with oil over medium to high heat and cook the blended ingredients until fragrant.
Add toasted desiccated coconut. Mix evenly. Then, add chicken meat and stir-fry over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes.
Add coconut milk. For more gravy, add some water or more coconut milk. Add salt to taste. Cook until gravy thickens.
Shortly before dishing out, add kaffir lime leaves. Mix well and serve hot.