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A spicy beef stew of boneless beef short ribs with coconut.

Hot and spicy with all the flavors of Indonesia. If you like hot, this is the dish for you. Not only hot, but very flavorful and will grow on you.


●  1˝ pound boneless beef short ribs (cut into cubes)
●  5 tablespoons cooking oil
●  1 cinnamon stick (about 2-inch long)
●  3 cloves
●  3 star anise **SEE COOK'S NOTES-1**
●  3 cardamom pods**SEE COOK'S NOTES-1**
●  1 lemongrass (cut into 4-inch length and pounded)
●  1 cup thick coconut milk
●  1 cup water
●  2 teaspoons tamarind pulp (soaked in some warm water for the juice and discard the seeds )**SEE COOK'S NOTES-1**
●  6 kaffir lime leaves (very finely sliced)**SEE COOK'S NOTES-1**
●  6 tablespoons kerisik (toasted coconut)**SEE COOK'S NOTES-2**
●  1 tablespoon sugar/palm sugar or to taste
●  Salt to taste

●  5 shallots
●  1 inch galangal **SEE COOK'S NOTES-1**
●  3 lemongrass (white part only)
●  5 cloves garlic
●  1 inch ginger
●  10-12 dried chilies (soaked in warm water and seeded)


1.  Chop the spice paste ingredients and then blend it in a food processor until fine.

2.  Heat the oil in a stew pot, add the spice paste, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, and cardamom and stir-fry
     them until aromatic.

3.  Add the beef and the pounded lemongrass and stir for 1 minute.

4.  Add the coconut milk, tamarind juice, water, and simmer on medium heat, stirring frequently until the
     meat is almost cooked.

5.  Add the kaffir lime leaves, kerisik (toasted coconut), sugar/palm sugar, stirring to blend well with the

6.  Lower the heat to low, cover the lid, and simmer for 1 – 1˝ hours or until the meat is really tender and the
     gravy has dried up.

7.  Add salt to taste. 

8.  If not sweet enough, add more sugar to taste.

9.  Serve immediately with steamed rice and save some for overnight.

1.  These ingredients are easily found in an Asian market or a very well stocked supermarket.

2.  To prepare the kerisik or toasted coconut, just add the grated coconut to a dry wok and stir continuosly
until they turn golden brown.

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