Saudi Okra Stew With Meat (Bamia)

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is a family favorite. It could be made with either meat, chicken fillet or whole disjointed chicken pieces. It's best to use baby okra, they don't go slimy in a hurry.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash okra and chop off stems.
  2. Cut onions into fine pieces.
  3. Sauté onions in oil till golden on medium.
  4. Add garlic and stir for a few seconds.
  5. Add spices stir for a few seconds add meat cook till water from meat drys on medium heat.
  6. Stir at intervals.
  7. Add tomato paste stir for a few seconds add blended tomatoes and water to meat, cook until meat is done.
  8. Add okra to meat and simmer on medium low for 13 minutes.
  9. Add the chopped coriander and lemon juice, simmer another 3 minutes.
  10. Serve hot with basmati white rice.


Most Helpful

followed the recipe exactly and came out absolutely delicious! thank you for sharing!

nayoul August 24, 2011

Very good for DH and I. I was so tempted to add my usual addition of my own Recipe #79179 but am glad I did not as this has enough of a tasty flavour. I did add a extra garlic clove though. I used frozen baby okra which I fried in oil first to prevent the goo. I used half a baby chicken cut in 2 pieces for myself and DH. For the oil I used extra virgin olive oil and for the salt, sea salt. I used Hunts Original canned pureed tomatoes instead of freshly blended tomatoes which I would probably do again. I doubled the sauce ingredients including the spicing of course. I used homemade chicken stock instead of water to add additional flavour. I covered the pots I cooked stuff in most of the time. I will defiantly make this again.

UmmBinat October 03, 2009

This is great. Love the coriander and cumin together. I used chicken as lamb is a bit hard to come by here but when I find some I'll sure try it this way. The flavors were, I thought, well balanced and really perked up by the lemon. The stew was perfect with brown rice. Thank you for sharing this one Lemon.

Annacia December 30, 2006

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