Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Keyword Medium
Servings 8
Calories 274 kcal


  • 500 g Lima beans
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • ½ Onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Thyme leaves removed from sprigs
  • 12 Curry leaves chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 kg Beef preferably top yearling, diced
  • 1 pinch Coriander powder
  • 1 pinch Clove powder
  • 1 pinch Ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch Ground cumin
  • 1/4 bunch Coriander finely chop bottom half of stem to season, keep remaining for garnish
  • 500 ml Beef liquid stock
  • Pepper
  • 1 ¼ tbsp Curry powder
  • 1 ¼ tbsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind paste


  • Place lima beans in a bowl and fill with room temperature water. Allow to soak for at least 2 hours to soften.
  • Drain and transfer beans to a large saucepan. Fill with water to slightly cover and add salt to taste. Place over medium heat and bring to boil, stirring occasionally and ensuring water level remains above beans, add more as necessary. Allow to boil for approximately 1 and a half hours or until beans are soft (squeezing with fingers to feel). Remove from heat and set aside without draining.
  • Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan, add oil, onion, thyme, curry leaves, crushed garlic, beef, coriander powder, clove powder, ground cinnamon, ground cumin, coriander stem, stock liquid, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.
  • Place on a low-medium heat covered, stirring occasionally for approximately 45 minutes or until beef is tender.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the curry powder and turmeric powder. Add a tablespoon of liquid from the saucepan and continue to add 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring until a fine paste is created. Stir curry paste into the saucepan with beef and cook a further 5 minutes.
  • Add beans and tamarind paste into the one saucepan with the curry. Mix well and bring to heat.
  • Sprinkle with chopped coriander prior to serving.


  • This recipe requires preparation a few hours in advance, not included in prep time.
  • Lima beans can be found in local Indian grocery stores.

Bon appétit!


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