Okra Stew (Arabic Recipe)

"This is a traditional Arabic recipe and is called bamee. This dish is really delicious is very tasty. You can serve it with plain rice."
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  • Wash okra and trim off stems, and dry.
  • Sprinkle okra with oil and place under broiler until lightly browned or fry in vegetable oil until lightly browned (do not use same oil for browning meat).
  • Sauté chopped onions, diced garlic, lamb meat, salt, and spices in olive oil(stirring occasionally) until meat is lightly browned.
  • Add water and stir, bring to boil and then cover and cook on low heat until meat is tender.
  • Add browned okra, chopped tomatoes or (28 oz can diced tomatoes) and ½ cup fresh cilantro or 1 teaspoon coriander (optional).
  • Mix well, cover and simmer until okra is tender.
  • This meal is excellent when served hot with rice. See my recipe for rice.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Myrna M.
    How can I print this recipe?


  1. UmmBinat
    With my changes this was alright but still needed even more spice. As others have said this is a very basic recipe that needs more spicing than written, and we are not those who like hot spicy. Next time I would add double the garlic and have the fresh cilantro as a requirement. I used my own Recipe #79179 in replacement of the allspice (to give more flavour) but used approximately 2 tsp instead of 1/2 tsp. I did not use 1 tsp black pepper because I was affraid that would become hot spicy so I used about 1/4 tsp. I added a loomi (dried lime) which added its lovely distinctive subtle flavour. I used a canola olive oil mix but would like to use extra virgin olive oil next time. I used small frozen okra which I lightly browned first in oil so as not to have a gummy stew. (Be careful if your okra is frozen the oil will spatter a lot!) I used bone in lamb which I defatted before adding any of the onion etc, by simmering in chicken stock (replacement of the water) and then cooling and skimming. I would try making this again as stated above.
  2. chef FIFI
    I just wanted to suggest that you do pre fry the okra, even if it is frozen, the reason being is that the frying process seals the okra and if you dont pre fry you will end up will a gooey thick stew. I usually fry my okra until it is a golden brown.
  3. PuenteTriana
    I made if with Arabic rice. I also fried the okra first. It was delicious.
  4. Ayah Elisabeth
    This is a good base recipe for this classic Arabic dish. I agree 100% with Fifi – the okra should be fried first. Not only for consistency but for taste. We eat this with Arabic Rice (#206772) or with plain white basmati rice. I also agree with loverania – this should really only be made with small, very short okra. If you are going to attempt this dish with long, tall okra you should fry it for longer otherwise it will be stringy and slimy and you won’t be able to bite through it. It’s also common to make this without meat to eat with fresh pitas as a snack.
  5. Chef Nourshe
    I never made this before because I don't like them. My half-Egyptian kids however would like to eat them again ,haven't had it for ages...I am going to try to make this today,but I will buy them frozen. Fresh okras are quite prickly as I remember them coming from my father in law's fields.I will let you know how it worked out.


  1. KimSnTx65
    I added chopped cabbage to make the soup more filling.


My name is Louie, and my nick name is Hommus, because I love Hommus,its delicious. I guess having Hommus as a nick name is better than having Baba Ghannous (Arabic Dip) as a nick name. I am of Palestinian orgin and a happily married man for 33 years. I own a Business , (retail Clothing) but I love cooking, its my hobby. I like to cook Arabic Dishes and also recipes from all around the world. I learned my Arabic recipes from my mother . who is a super great cook. In fact my favorite cookbook is the recipes I learned from my Mother. Recently I started to use the slow cooker and I noticed the difference in the flavor.
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