Cut vegetables into bite size pieces.
Heat oil and brown meat in a pot, then take meat out.
In the same pot, fry onions for 8 minutes. Add carrots and potatoes, then cooked meat.
Add water to the pot. After it boils, skim fat, and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 45 minutes until the meat becomes tender.
Remove from heat and add curry sauce mix. Stir well so the pieces of the mix dissolve.
If using the optional seasonings above, add all except the curry powder now. Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes, or if you’d like it thicker, cook longer.
If you'd like to add the optional curry powder, stir in just before serving.
Pour the curry over steamed rice.