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Dendeng Age - Spiced Ground Beef

This is a pretty easy dish to make. It is a good companion dish to go with nasi gurih (savory rice), but it is also perfect even with regular steamed white rice. If you want a spicy dendeng, you can always add a couple of bird eye chilies (Indonesian: cabe rawit), but I think it is better to keep it non spicy and serve with sambal terasi or sambal bajak alongside the dendeng and rice.

Dendeng Age - Spiced Ground Beef

Dendeng Age - Spiced Ground Beef

4.7 from 3 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins

Serves: 4


  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 2 salam leaves (Indonesian: Indonesian bay leaves)
  • 1 inch galangal (Indonesian: lengkuas), bruised
  • 1 lb (450 gram) ground beef
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap manis)
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar (Indonesian: gula Jawa)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • tamarind juice (from 1/2 tablespoon tamarind + 1 1/2 tablespoon hot water), mix, massage, and strained
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • Grind the following into spice paste
  • 75 gram shallot (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon coriander powder (Indonesian: bubuk ketumbar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder (Indonesian: bubuk jinten)


  1. Heat oil in a wok/frying pan on medium high heat, sauté spice paste, salam leaves, and galangal until fragrant. About 5 minutes.
  2. Add ground beef, cook until no longer pink.
  3. Season with sweet soy sauce, palm sugar, salt, and tamarind juice. Mix well.
  4. Pour in the coconut milk and water. Mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until all the sauce has been absorbed by the meat. Stir occasionally to prevent the meat from sticking to the wok/pan.


  • John says:

    Lovely Recipe. Could not find Palm sugar but used cane sugar instead and was still amazing. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Anita says:

      You are welcome John.

  • stuart macaulay says:

    is this a traditional indonesiaan recipe anita. My wife n i have started a indonesian catering business n like this recipe

    • Anita says:

      Yes, it is one of Indonesian traditional recipes, specifically from the island of Java. I with you and your wife the best for your Indonesian catering business.

  • Silvia says:

    Delicious & easy to make! It’s a hit with my family!

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