Rendeng Gingal

Rendeng Gingal [or Rendang Gingal], is a traditional Indonesian favourite, slightly adapted here from the real deal. The main difference is that I do not let the juices become absorbed to the extrent that occurs in a real Rendeng, making it much more like an Indonesian beef kidney curry – which a Rendeng is not. Rendengs are a dish all on their own. I usually make a larger quantity  than that described below, using perhaps four ox kidneys at a time, as it is something that packs down in the freezer very well.


2 tblsp olive oil.

2 large onions, peeled and chopped.

1 tblsp chopped garlic.

1 tblsp freshly grated ginger.

2 small fresh chillies, seeded and chopped.

Salt to taste.

1 teaspoon turmeric.

300g beef kidney, cored and diced.

300ml coconut milk.

1 bayleaf.

1 piece galangal, 20mmx20mm.

1 5cm piece lemon grass.


Heat the oil in a pan over a hot flame and stir fry the onion, garlic, ginger and chillies for a few minutes until the onion is translucent. Add the salt and turmeric and cook, stirring, for another minute. Add the kidney and stir until the meat is fully covered with the spice mix then add the coconut milk and stir well.

Tie the bayleaf, galangal and lemon grass in a piece of muslin and add to the pot. Bring to the boil and simmer very gently for 1 ½ hours. Remove the bayleaf, galangal and lemon grass and discard. Allow the mixture to sit for an hour or so.

Return to the heat, uncovered, and simmer, stirring frequently, for another thirty minutes. Serve with rice and raita.


Where do you travel when you dream? Where do the winds of your thought bear you as you sail the trackless waters of your mind, further, ever further? What strange shores and lands fantastical do you explore in reverie? And what adventures of the spirit do you seek in that vastness? Perhaps one day you will sail with me across the broad waters of mighty Indarial to the fabulous Islands of the Sixteen Gods, where Edrun Sulandax, the Beloved of the River Goddess, wears the Amulet of the Hunter God. If you would know more, visit

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: