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Bamia (Okra Stew)

I'll tell you what you can put there :
  • 1 pound of okra
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 6 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice (or citric acid)
  • Sugar or sweetner to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Spices: cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, salt, etc. to taste
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Bamia (Okra Stew)
Bamia is the Arabic word for okra, and makes a delicious stew. Okra has a natural thickening agent, which sets it apart from other vegetables. This recipe serves 3-4 people.

I'll tell you what you can do :

The bamia (okra) that I make is as follows: In a large pot sauté the onions in olive oil. Cook until yellow, and then add one pound okra (cut in half, or smaller if bigger then 2"). Add salt, pinch black pepper, cardamon and one cup of water and cook covered for 15 minutes.

Now add tomatoes or tomato pure, or both, as much as you like. Add lemon juice and sugar to taste. Cook one more minute. If too watery let it evaporate. If you like you can add tofu or sautéed beef at the end.

You can enjoy bamia as a main dish or as a starter soup. Garnish with cilantro for a special touch!


The fresh okra has pods that are tender or have more fiber, so the cooking time may be a little more, or less. If overcooked okra becomes very slimy. You may have to try this recipe more than once to succeed. I often make kubbe bassal soup, take them out, put the cut okra in and cook till tender then, add sweetener and citric acid to taste.

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anita writes: (16 Jan 2012, 15:26)
Dear Moti, awesome recipe.
saba writes: (05 Aug 2011, 14:31)
Dear Moti, good job
Dear Moti writes: (05 Dec 2008, 17:27)
Dear Moti, why can't I print your recipe?...there is no print button allowed? I love bamia...and am going to start cooking your recipe immediately. Sounds yummy!
Robin writes: (10 Sep 2008, 13:49)
Dear Moti,
Your bamia recipe is excellent. I just moved and didn't bring your recipe with me. I have been searching all day to find your recipe again. The only thing I change is to add a small amount of Tamarind. My husband loves this especially during Ramadan.

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