Photo: Romulo Yanes, Randy Mayor; Styling: Mary-Ellen Weinrib
Yield
6 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup beef mixture and 3/4 cup rice)

This rich Malay curry features aromatic lemongrass, garlic, ginger, and cinnamon. Make sure the beef mixture cooks at a low simmer so the sauce doesn't scorch and the meat slowly becomes tender. If you can't find unsweetened coconut, use sweetened flaked coconut and omit the added sugar.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place first 9 ingredients in a food processor or mini chopper. Add 1/4 cup coconut milk; process until smooth. Spoon mixture into a bowl; set aside.

Step 2

Place 3 tablespoons coconut milk and flaked coconut in food processor; process until a smooth paste forms.

Step 3

Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallot mixture; cook 1 minute or until fragrant, stirring constantly. Stir in remaining coconut milk, rind, and next 5 ingredients (through broth); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 1 1/2 hours or until beef is tender, stirring occasionally. Discard lemongrass. Stir in flaked coconut mixture; simmer 10 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates. Serve over rice.

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