I learned to cook from Palestinians, but I have altered methods. I learned to cook the meat in this recipe by searing/browning it on all sides in a pan. I changed that method to make the meat more tender and to create a meat stock to add to the stew for depth of flavor. You can make this with lamb or beef. Middle Eastern cultural preference is lamb but beef can be easily substituted (and using my method to cook it, nobody will know the difference). Time saving tip: if you plan to use lamb, most commercial butchers are happy to remove the meat from the bone, remove the fat, and sometimes even cube the meat for you. But you have to ask for it! Smaller/shorter okra are strongly preferred. Bud-like okra can be found frozen in most Middle Eastern or Indian grocery stores. Alternate idea for okra: omit the meat from this recipe to make a hearty snack to eat on pitas!