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Madras Meat Curry

1 1/2 pounds beef, round steak
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large onions finely sliced
4 Whole cloves
4 each cardamom pods green, bruised
3 each green chili peppers seeded, finely chopped
2 each red hot chili pepper, dried seeded, crushed
1 inch piece ginger root fresh, grated
2 each garlic cloves crushed
2 teaspoons coriander ground
2 teaspoons turmeric ground
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup tamarind nectar
1 x salt to taste
1 x lettuce leaves for garnish


Cut beef into 1-inch cubes. Heat oil in a large heavy saucepan, add beef and cook until browned all over. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add onion, cloves and cardamom to pan; cook, stirring, about 8 minutes, until onion is soft and golden brown. Stir in chiles, gingerroot, garlice, corinder and turmeric; cook 2 minutes. Return beef to pan, add water and cover. Simmer 1 hour. Stir in tamarind nectar and salt; simmer another 20 to 30 minutes, until beef is tender. Serve, garnished with lettuce leaves.

Source: recipeland.com