In a Dutch oven or skillet, brown beef well in oil. After the beef is cooked, remove and put into a deep pot. Add the garlic and mix well. Add water, tomatoes, lemon, onions, salt, pepper, and sugar. Mix well and simmer 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add carrots, potatoes, cloves, and crushed basil leaves. Cover, and cook until vegetables are tender. Add canned peas, and cook until they are heated through, about 4 minutes. If necessary, to thicken gravy, thicken with flour, dissolved in water. Serve hot.
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