Bamya (Okra Stew)

Prep Time: 30 min Cook Time: 180 min Total Time: 3 hrs 30 mins
Servings 8

Easy flavorful bamia stew is a delicious bowl of bamia (okra) immersed in tomato sauce and lamb meat chunks. Pair it with vermicelli rice and a bowl of your favorite salad. Irresistible!

  • 1 kilogram Lamb Chunks
  • 3 Large cooking onions diced
  • 800 grams Mini Frozen Bamya
  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil
  • 6 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Arabic 7 spice
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 3 tablespoons Double concentrate Tomato Puree
  • 5 cups Water
  • Serve with Rice
  1. Sauté the onions in a large pot with turmeric until translucent and golden (about 10 min).

  2. Add the washed and dried lamb to the pot with all spices and tomato puree and sauté until nicely browned (about 10 min).

  3. At this point boiling water is added in for the lamb to cook on medium heat for 2 hours or until it's tender but not fully coming off the bone and falling apart. You need enough water to cover the contents of the pot fully but not too much as this stew has to be on the dryer side. 

  4. After 2 hours of cooking, add the prepared okra to the pot and give it a stir. Ensure that here's enough liquid only just covering the content, remember the okra will give out water too (For video see here ). Cook for 30 minutes after adding the bamya and if it is cooked then t is ready to serve with rice. 

Nelly Babazadeh
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I'm Nelly, the recipes I share here are inspired by the people, cultures and places beloved to me. Peanutswirls represents my love for food, cooking and hosting. I hope to share with you a taste of the Middle East influnced by my upbringing in the West.

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