Recipe By MaloryB
Published Jul 10th
Prep 15m Cook 2h 15m Additional - Ready In 2h 30m
Servings 6 servings Calories 213.8

Middle Eastern bamia (okra) stew. Healthy and delicious! Serve over white rice.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound beef steak, cut into cubes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 pound frozen okra
  • 4 ounces tomato puree
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ⅓ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 dash lemon juice
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef cubes in hot oil until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Add onion and garlic to beef; cook and stir until slightly tender and fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. 2 Stir water, tomatoes, okra, tomato puree, coriander, cumin, allspice, lemon juice, salt, and pepper into beef mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until sauce thickens, about 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 213.8
  • Carbohydrate 14.1 g
  • Cholesterol 40.2 mg
  • Fat 11.4 g
  • Fiber 3.9 g
  • Protein 15.7 g
  • Saturated Fat 3.2 g
  • Sodium 206.1 mg
  • Sugar 4 g

Chef's Notes

The sauce should thicken as it cooks. If it does not thicken, stir in 1/2 cup all-purpose flour.


  1. It was very good. Followed the recipe, and I usually don't. My husband even liked it and he doesn't care for okra. I served it over cauliflower rice. I made it last summer and froze some . Got it out around Thanksgiving and it was just as good. Planned to make it this summer when - Read more ...
  2. My husband is from Saudi and loves this dish I used this recipe as a base and made just a few changes. First I doubled all the spices and sprinkled them on onion and let the onion simmer in the oil then I added 5 cloves of chopped garlic and 1/2 a chopped jalapeño. Then - Read more ...
  3. I'd spent some time in Afghanistan and Northern Iraq (Kurdistan) and at every dinner I was invited this dish was included in their feast. I remembered eggplants in some so I added the Japanese type eggplants and this came out as I remembered it - delicious. I also used chicken (thighs and or drum sticks) - Read more ...