||Preheat oven to 180°C. Cut beef into 2.5cm-3cm cubes. Season with salt and pepper, add 2 about tbsp oil, and mix well. Heat a large frypan over a medium-high heat. Brown the beef in 2 or 3 batches. Remove each batch and place in casserole dish.
||Reduce heat in the pan, add a little oil, add onion and garlic, cook for 12 minutes, and stir occasionally.
||Sprinkle in curry powder and stir until the onion is coated. Gradually pour in stock, stirring well. Add the coconut milk and brown sugar, stirring until mixture boils. Add to the casserole dish, stir to combine. Cover the casserole dish, place in oven, and cook until the beef is very tender. Stir every 40 minutes or so, add water if needed to keep the ingredients just covered.
||Serve with steamed rice, Indian breads or pappadums.
||Cooktop method: Place the browned beef and other ingredients in a heavy-based pot. Partially cover, keep the heat low. Simmer until the meat is very tender. Stir occasionally; add water if needed during the cooking time to keep ingredients well covered.