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Konro Soup From Makassar Indonesia

Updated on June 25, 2010
Konro Soup
Konro Soup

If you love spicy food, you should try a traditonal dish from Makassar, South Celebes, Indonesia. Sup Konro or Konro Soup.

Makassar is the largest city in South Celebes or South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sometime it's spelled Macassar or Mangkasar and now we call it Ujung Pandang. Those are all the same city. Makassar's local dishes are rich with herbs and spices. Makassar has many herb and spice products. 

Here is our Konro Soup recipe, Konro is beef ribs in Makassar's language :


Konro Soup

Ingredients :

1 kg of beef ribs or you may use short beef ribs, cut into pieces
4 ltr water
2 cm cinnamon stick
3 pcs galangal, mashed
2 bay leaves
3 tbs cooking oil
1/2 tbs salt
5 pcs onions, sliced thin
2 tbs tamarind juice

Grind and make paste :

5 pcs onions
3 cloves garlic
1 ts pepper (some people in Makassar add roasted peppercorn)
1/2 ts nutmeg
2-3 kluwak nuts, peel, soak in hot water. (It is more simple if you just use the peeled kluwak nuts)

Directions :
1. Boil or cook in pressure cooker: ribs, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves, galangal, salt, and tamarind juice.
2. Saute the onions and ground ingredients with cooking oil, or you may change it with corn oil, until fragrant.
3. Pour the spice into the ribs pot and cook until the beefs are brown and tender.
4. Serve hot with some lime wedges and sambal or chili paste.

Another way to cook the Soup :

1. Saute the onions and ground ingredients until fragrant, add beef ribs with all the herbs (cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves, galangal, salt, and tamarind juice), stir and cook until light browned. Add 2 liter of water, and cook it until the ribs are tender.
You may add some water again if need it.

2. Add salt and sugar as desired, simmer over low heat about 20 to 30 minutes.
3. Serve hot with some lime wedges and chili paste.
4. Some recipe also add some shallots too, but it's all up to your personal preferences.
This Konro Soup is used to serve with warm rice but you may enjoy it with steamed mantau too.

Kluwak nuts
Kluwak nuts

To make tamarind juice :
Take 1 tsp seedless tamarind in a small bowl and add some water, press it with spoon. It's ready to use.

Kluwak Nuts :
It has a similarity with Brazil Nuts. You may use the meat inside. Meaty seeds are edible after the poisonous hydrocyanic acid is removed by soaking them in warm water.

To prepare the Kluwak Nuts, you have to crush them with a hammer or knife holder. I just use my traditional grinder from stone. Choose the black color meat, it's the best one. Don't use it if the color is white.

You have to taste it first, if it tastes bitter, I think you should not use it. Now, you may find peeled kluwak nuts in the market, I think you may use that one.

Why you have to use kluwak nuts, well actually, kluwak nut is not the only spice in some of my traditional dishes, only a part of it, Kluwak gives special taste and aroma to some of my dishes, like Rawon from East Java and Some dishes from Sulawesi or Celebes.

Indonesian Sambal

Sunset in Losari Beach in Makassar
Sunset in Losari Beach in Makassar
The Great Mosque in Makassar/ Masjid Raya Makassar
The Great Mosque in Makassar/ Masjid Raya Makassar


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    • febriedethan profile image

      febriedethan 5 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi Hifizah, I think cooks for the whole family and doing business are different for your mom. Thank's for your comment :)

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      hifizah 5 years ago

      I was born and grew up in Makassar and this is my all time favourite dish. My mom always makes konro every Idul Fitri and I'm proud to say her konro is one of the best. I just don't understand why she hasn't thought of making business out of this.

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      teresa 6 years ago

      loved your photos

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Hello, hello, you're welcome. Hope this dishes will not too spicy for you.

      Agusfanani, yes, with warm rice, sambal, and kerupuk hahaha..thank you for stopping by!

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      agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

      What a luring recipe !

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I love learning about other people's cooking. Thank you for your lovely hub.