Beef rendang with lemongrass and ginger, Thai herb salad and sticky rice


For the beef rendang
For the Thai herb salad
For the dressing
For the sticky rice
  • 200g/7oz Thai jasmine rice

  • 200g/7oz Thai sticky rice

  • 1 tsp salt

Preparation method

  1. For the beef rending, pound the lemongrass to a pulp using a pestle and mortar. Tip the lemongrass into a small bowl.

  2. Heat the frying pan over a medium heat. Add the coriander, cumin seeds and turmeric and dry fry until fragrant. Tip the spices into a spice grinder or the pestle and mortar. Grind the spices to a powder if using a grinder, or pound in a pestle and mortar until the spices are as smooth as possible. Set aside.

  3. In a wide pan or cast-iron wok, heat the block of coconut cream until it melts, keeping the heat low so that it does not burn.

  4. Add the onions, garlic, chillies, ginger and pounded lemongrass to the pan and cook gently until the onions have softened and the mixture is fragrant.

  5. Add the reserved ground spices and the bay leaf and fry for a few minutes more.

  6. Add the meat and increase the heat so that it browns on all sides. Stir until the meat is completely coated with the spices - this will take a few minutes.

  7. Add the coconut milk, bring to the boil, then add the hot stock.

  8. Turn the heat up to high and continue cooking for at least 1- 1½ hours, stirring occasionally until the sauce becomes thick and coats the meat well.

  9. For the salad, combine all the salad ingredients in a salad bowl and mix well. Set aside.

  10. For the dressing, whisk together all the dressing ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.

  11. For the sticky rice, tip the rice into a sieve and wash the two varieties of rice three times, draining each time.

  12. Place the rice into a saucepan and cover with water to leave 1cm/½in water above the level of the rice. Add the salt and cover with a lid. Place over a high heat and bring to the boil.

  13. Boil the rice for five minutes, then, without removing the lid, turn the heat off and leave to steam for 20 minutes.

  14. To serve, pour the dressing into the salad and mix to combine. Pile the rice onto four plates and spoon the beef rending alongside. Serve the salad separately.

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