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Filipino Kare Kare Recipe

Kare kare is a Filipino beef oxtail stew based on peanut sauce. It is a very traditional dish and often served at parties, festivals, holiday meals, get-togethers with family and friends, and other special occasions. Traditionally, a beef oxtail is stewed to tenderness before creating a savory peanut sauce. Variations include adding other beef's parts like tripe, sirloin, and round. For extreme variation, you can even use the meat of pork, goat, lamb, or chicken.

There are different historical stories as to the origins of kare kare dish. Some say that this unusual yet distinctly traditional Filipino dish was developed by the influences of other dishes from neighboring countries like Indonesia and India. Others say that it was cook up by the PampangueƱos in Pampanga using their culinary skills. Another say that once upon a time, this dish was served as a noble dish to the Moro elite who once settled in Manila during the pre-colonial era. But the most convincing historical perspective is that, this dish was fully developed during the Spanish era because it was the Spaniards who introduced the peanut crop.

These various stories about the origins of kare kare only show the diversity of the cultural heritage of the Filipino people. Most likely, this dish evolved through the passage of time. At first, it was only a stewed beef oxtail with salt and pepper until someone added a grounded peanut during the Spanish era and it turns out that the taste is good. It became popular in the place where it originates, and then the popularity of the dish spread out in the whole country.

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Kare Kare Ingredients:

2 lbs oxtail; cut into chunks 2" length
1 onion; chopped
1 small banana heart; sliced
1 bundle pechay or bok choy; cut in two pieces
1 bundle of string beans; cut into 3-inch length
1 piece eggplant; sliced
1 cup grounded peanuts
1/2 cup grounded toasted rice
5-6 cups of water
1/2 cup annato seeds soaked in 1/2 cup warm water
Fish sauce

Kare Kare Cooking Instructions:


When using a pressure cooker:

In a pressure cooker, cook the oxtail with onion and enough water to cover for about 30 minutes or until oxtail is tender. Carefully uncover pressure cooker, then add the grounded toasted rice, grounded peanuts, and annatto water. Stew, stirring occasionally, until sauce becomes gelatinous.

Add the vegetables one at a time respective to their tenderness (usually pechay or bok choy is added last). Season with fish sauce and cook until done. Serve with shrimp paste and steamed rice.

When using a crokpot:

In a crokpot, cook the oxtail in low heat with onion and enough water to cover for about 5 to 6 hours or until oxtail is tender. Transfer the stew to a saucepan then add the grounded toasted rice, grounded peanuts, and annatto water. Stew, stirring occasionally, until sauce becomes gelatinous.

Add the vegetables one at a time respective to their tenderness (usually pechay or bok choy is added last). Season with fish sauce and cook until done. Serve with shrimp paste and steamed rice.

Cooking Tip:

Make sure to read the pressure cooker manual when opening the pressure cooker to ensure safety.

To make annatto water, soak 1/2 cup annatto seeds in 1/2 cup warm water then squeeze the seeds with your fingers. Drain the annatto seeds, and keep the annatto water for cooking.

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Comments (11)

Nice cooking kare kare! It's delicious! I love it! Thanks!
#11 - Viray Magsino - 05/16/2014 - 02:46
my first time to cook this kind of dish. i never expected how good really is. it's yummy and i love it! thanks!
#10 - laverne - 09/18/2013 - 01:07
pork leg/feet karekare
you can substitute oxtail with pork leg/ feet.. just clean it well, boil until the meat is really tender, add the peanut butter, mixed it well... simmer for a while.. add finely ground rice(giniling na bigas) until you achieve the saucy consistency that you like. add the achuete oil.. add vegies, and season to taste.. you'll have a sweet peanut butterrrryy taste , yummy... add sauteed bagoong/ shrimp paste separately... voila! bon appetit!
#9 - regina - 12/28/2011 - 23:57
add a mustasa leaves to make the kare-kare more spicy..it also adds a little twist..
#8 - buraijo - 09/07/2011 - 00:00
kare kare
love to cook this coz' it's my honey's fave ulam!!...
#7 - honey - 07/04/2011 - 00:26
how much?
how much do you think is the budget to make kare kare? I want to make a surprise gathering for my family tomorrow.. Hope somebody can answer me immediately.. Thanks in advance!
#6 - rushheart_22@yahoo.com - 06/11/2011 - 03:06
You can use equal amount of saffron if achuete or annatto seeds are not available in your area.
#5 - Perla - 05/27/2011 - 12:45
Best Kare-Kare (Kapampangan Style)
Beef oxtails can be cooked faster and very tender on pressure cooker for 35 - 45 minutes and skimming/discarding the dark bubbles created from boiling to rid of some cholesterol. You can be sure the meat is cooked and very easy to pull from the bones. Use either chunky or creamy peanut butter for better taste and for cabbage, use Napa instead plus eggplants and spinach added a couple of minutes before turning off the fire, man oh man!!!
#4 - Danno L - 03/23/2011 - 22:01
Instead of using grounded peanuts, toasted rice, and annato seeds i used the ready to mix kare kare sauce.Try it
#3 - Lilian S. Patcsil - 07/11/2010 - 04:49
about kare-kare ingridients
what is annaco seeds????? tell please
#2 - lexter chu - 05/29/2010 - 19:42
Best Kare-Kare in the midst of Manila *CRISPY KARE-KARE TADYANG*
Gusto niyo ng UNIQUE na KARE-KARE
"CRISPY TADYANG KARE-KARE"

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