Beef Chunks Cooked In Coconut Milk

Course : Curry
Serves: 4
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3 pieces fresh galingal or
12 slices dried galingal
2 sticks fresh lemon grass or
2 tablespoons dried sliced lemon grass
6 medium dried red chiles
1 piece cinnamon 2 inch stick
14 whole cloves
4 ounces red bell pepper
4 ounces shallots or onions
1 piece fresh ginger 1 inch cube
2 cloves garlic
12 pieces fresh/dried curry leaves or dried bay leaves
8 pieces fresh/dried kaffir lime leaves or a 3 x 1/4 inch strip
1 piece lemon peel
3 pints coconut milk
2 pounds stewing beef -- cut into 1-2 inch cubes
1 tablespoon salt

Preparation / Directions:

If you are using fresh galingal, peel and coarsely chop it and set it aside. If you are using dried galingal, combine it in a cut with 4 tablespoons of water. If you are using fresh lemon grass, cut of the straw-like top, leaving about 6" of the bottom. lightly crush the very bottom and set it aside. If you are using dried lemon grass, put it into the water along with the galingal. Crumble and break the dried red chiles and cinnamon into enough water to cover and add them to the dried galingal and dried lemon grass if you are using them. Also put in the cloves. Soak the spices for 30 minutes. Cut the red pepper coarsely into dice, discarding all the seeds. Peel and coarsely chop the shallots/onions, ginger and garlic. In an electric blender, combine the soaked spices and their liquid, the fresh galingal (if you are using it), the chopped red pepper, shallots, ginger and garlic. Blend until smooth. Into a wide, preferably non-stick pan put the paste from the blender, the fresh lemon grass (if using), the curry leaves and kaffir lime leaves (or lemon rind). Stir the coconut milk well until smooth and pour that in as well. Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally. Turn the heat to medium and cook the sauce for 15 minutes, stirring now and then to prevent curdling. Put in the meat and salt and bring to the boil again. Reduce the heat to medium. Cook, uncovered for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Turn the heat up to medium-high and continue to cook, stirring now and then for a further 30 minutes or until the sauce becomes thick and brown and the meat tender. This is now called Kaliyo Daging, if you continue to cook until the sauce disappears its called Rendang Daging.

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