Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Beef and Pumpkin Rendang

It's absolutely no secret that our household loves curry.  Any type of curry regardless of it's origin.  It surprises me that when many people think of curries they think Indian considering all the tastes and flavours we have in the world.  So many different styles of curry and so many different versions of the one curry dish.

Rendang is a spicy meat dish which originated from Indonesia but is now commonly served in many countries. The curry paste is a mix of spices, which includes ginger, turmeric, coriander, cumin, lemon grass, garlic, shallot and chillies. Cooked with coconut milk traditional Padang Rendang takes hours to cook. However this recipe is both quick to prepare and cook plus having the added bonus of it being low fat.

The house smelled amazing not only once we started cooking the paste but while we waited for it to cook on the stove.  This recipe cook easily be adapted to a slow cooker recipe, obviously by adjusting the liquid and the cooking times.

Beef and Pumpkin Rendang
(Recipe adapted from WW Slow Cooking Cookbook)

Serves: 8
ProPoints per serve: 7

2 red onions, chopped
6 small fresh red chillies, chopped
2 lemongrass sticks, finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground turmeric
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons coconut milk powder
1 kilogram gravy beef, fat trimmed, cut into 3cm pieces
4 cups beef stock
800 grams pumpkin, chopped
200 grams green beans, cut into 5 cm lengths
4 fresh kaffir lime leaves, finely shredded

Process onion, chilli, lemongrass, ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric, garlic and 2 teaspoons olive oil in a food processor until smooth.

Heat remaining oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Cook curry past, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add milk powder and stir to combine. Add beef and stock and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until beef is tender.

Add pumpkin and cook, covered, for 20 minutes or until tender. Add beans and cook for 2 minutes or until just tender.

Serve sprinkled with lime leaf. Add 3 ProPoints for ½ cup steamed rice.

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