Resep Kalio (Indonesian Brown Rendang or Stewed Beef in Spicy Coconut Curry)

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Rendang along with Nasi Goreng in one of the most popular Indonesian dish through out the world. CNN even established rendang as number one of from World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods’ list.  You may know about rendang but none with KALIO. KALIO is a type of rendang that cooked in shorter period, where the coconut milk has not completely evaporated and caramelized onto  a dark brown or almost black color. Some people like to add kelapa sangrai tumbuk or toasted grated coconut to the rendang but  rarely to the KALIO. Kalio or Gulai is one of the characteristic foods of Minangkabau and Sumatra culture, it is served at ceremonial occasions and to honour guest. Even we celebrate christmas with rendang and lontong or rice cake in thin coconut curry as a influenced from moslem comunities. Just like blackforest and even christmas log cake that served during the Ied.
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KALIO is a dry version of gulai or stewed beef  or any meat  in heavy coconut curry, but not yet caramelized like RENDANGKalio is actually well known as RENDANG in abroad. This dish is also popular in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the southern Philippines and southern Thailand, rendang is traditionally prepared by the Indonesian community during festive occasions. Malaysian and Singaporean rendang is more like KALIO which is lighter in color and taste compared to its Minang counterpart. In Minangkabau culinary tradition, there are stages on cooking meat in spicy coconut milk. Its category is according to the liquid content in cooked coconut milk, ranges from the soupy most wet to the most dry: Gulai Kalio Rendang.The ingredients of gulai, kalio and rendang is almost identical with the exceptions that gulai usually uses less red chilli pepper and got more turmeric, while rendang uses richer spices. If pieces of meat are cooked in spicy coconut milk and the process stopped right when the meat is done and the coconut milk has reached its boiling point, you have gulai. If the process continues well until the coconut milk is partly evaporated with brownish colored meats, then you have kalio. When the process continued hours more until the liquid completely evaporated and the color turns to dark brown almost black in color, then you have rendang. According to this notions, the real rendang is those with less liquid contents. The colors also indicate the differences; gulai have light yellow color, kalio is brown, and rendang is dark brown. However, today there are two kinds of rendangs commonly found: dried and wet

indonesian beef curry recipe stew beef in coconut curryKalio is rich in spices. Along with the main meat ingredient, rendang uses coconut milk and a paste of mixed ground spices, which includes ginger, galangal, turmeric leaves, lemon grass, garlic, shallot, chillies and other spices. This spice mixture is called pemasak in Minangkabau. Traditional Padangnese kalio takes hours to cook (usually two hours), not like rendang that requires  twice times longer. The meat pieces are slowly cooked in coconut milk and spices at precisely the right temperature until almost all the liquid is gone, allowing the meat to absorb the condiments. The cooking process changes from boiling to frying as the liquid evaporates. The slow cooking process allows the meat to absorb all the spices and to become tender. During the process, the meat should be slowly and carefully stirred in the spicy coconut milk mixture and turned over without burning or ruining the meat well until all the liquids have evaporated but not yet caramelized.indonesian rendang recipe beef rendang from indonesia authentic kalioresep kalio pedas gulai sapi padang

Resep Kalio Daging Sapi Pedas Khas Padang:


Beef Rendang Recipe:

daging sapi potong memanjang untuk rendang

  • 1 kg daging gandik sapi or beef silver side or chuck, cut 4x4x2 cm following the meat fibers
  • 2 stems  daun salam or Indonesian bay leaves
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, deveined
  • 4 lemongrass, bruised
  • 4 cup coconut milk from 2,5 matured coconut
  • 2 cup water
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil

Spice Paste :

Instruction :

How to make beef rendang:

  • Heat up the oil, saute the spice paste with a low heat until the spice is throughly cooked. Visual aspect is the key! the oil is slowly separated and formed in the edge.

step by step making beef rendang daging sapi cara membuat rendang

  • Pour 1 cup coconut milk, add lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, bay leave, let it boil and slightly evaporated

step by step cara membuat rendang daging sapi

  • Continue stirring the mixture until the oil is separated or driven off from the mixture

beef rendang recipe step by step recipe photos

  • Add beef meat. Stir another 15 minutes until the meat is throughly cooked

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  • Pour the remaining coconut oil and water, bring to boil

kalio beef indonesian brown curry recipe

  • Simmer  and continue to stir it gently until the kalio broth is thicken.
  • You may see theat the oil id driven out fron the seasoning, after 2 hours your kalio is ready
  • Serve with steaming hot rice

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28 thoughts on “Resep Kalio (Indonesian Brown Rendang or Stewed Beef in Spicy Coconut Curry)

  1. It’s incredibly hot and humid here right now so I will bookmark for cooler times. Your descriptions are exceptional, I can almost smell the incredible aroma from way over here.

  2. A great post, Dedy. Thank you for explaining the difference between gulai, kalio, and rendang. That’s very interesting and each of the 3 preparations sounds delicious.

  3. I love rendang (one of the rare beef dishes I am fond of) and always prepare it with beef cheeks. Time-consuming but definitely worth the effort. I have never heard of kalio but it sounds at least equally good and your introduction is always very informative. Thank you for another discovery! (PS Are Indonesian bay leaves similar to Indian bay leaves?).

    • i guess so, the indonesian bay leaves is as size and broad with the indian bay leaves,
      both are larger than western bayleaves
      but i guess the smells is kinda same
      Never use beef cheek before, tempting to try later on

  4. tampilannya kaya rendang, eh kalio toh, mirip gulai gitu? sebener sama aja tapi dilihat dari kuahnya kali ya? bumbunya sama? rendang lebih kering?

  5. Beef Rendang is definitely one of my favourites 😀 I’ve never heard of kalio before, but you make it sound amazing- I might have to try this next time instead of beef rendang for a change!

  6. I am just drooling looking at those photos. I know it is very difficult to make brown food look good and you do even that very well. Thanks for the little history lesson is Kalio, very informative and I will have to give this a try. I think my boys would really like these amazing flavours. I hope you had left overs as these kinds of dishes sometimes are even better the next day when the flavours have a chance to mingle. Take care, BAM

  7. Wow, I’m just devouring your blog Dedy! Lovely recipes. My step-dad lived in Jakarta for many years, and I love Indonesian cuisine. Rendang is quite possibly one of my favourites! Love all the information you provide, and the step-by-step photos.

  8. Thanks a lot Dedy. I thought I cooked rendang but in fact it was kalio. This is the first time I heard the name kalio. Tomorrow I’ll try it the kalio way

    • Oh….Dedy…..I think I have a mixture between your kalio recipe and the rendang because I put roasted grated coconut(serundeng) on top. At least I plan it as soon as it is finished. I’m a doctor too and my mother is Manadonese. Maybe we can meet when I come to Jakarta in November. But thanks for sharing your so sumptuous recipes 🙂

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