Put all the spice blend ingredients into a blender and puree until fine.
Heat some oil into a pot and fry the spice paste with the cloves, cardamon, cinnamon stick and star anise until fragrant.
Stir in the beef, coconut milk and asam gelugor and simmer uncovered until beef is almost cooked. Add the lime leaves, kerisik, sugar and salt to taste.
Lower heat and continue to simmer uncovered until the meat is tender and the gravy is dry. Remember to stir frequently so a crust doesn't form at the bottom of the pot. Cooking time is approximately 1 - 1 1/2 hours.