Dendeng Ragi - Spiced Beef and Coconut

5.0 from 6 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours 10 mins

Serves: 8


  • 4 tablespoon oil
  • 600 gram beef (brisket or other cuts that are good for braising), thinly sliced
  • 8 kaffir lime leaves
  • 250 gram grated coconut, fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups water
  • Spice paste
  • 100 gram shallot
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch galangal
  • 5-8 red chilies (*)
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoon palm sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt


  1. Heat oil in a wok/frying pan over a medium heat. Add beef, spice paste, and kaffir lime leaves. Mix well. Cook until beef is no longer pink. Add grated coconut, mix well.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of water. Reduce heat to a simmer, cook until almost dry. Add another 1/4 cup of water, and cook again until almost dry. Repeat this step as many time as needed until the beef is tender. Usually, I will need a total of 2 cups before the tenderness is to my liking.
  3. Once the beef is tender, cook until really dry and toasty. Pay close attention near the end since a more frequent stirring will be needed to prevent burnt and promote an evenly browned and toasty result.


  • (*) Bird eye chili for extra spicy, cayenne for moderate level, and fresno for mild level of spiciness. Adjust the amount to suit your taste, or even omit if you don't want any chili at all.

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