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Bamia-tomato stir fry (Bhindi Ki Subji)

I'll tell you what you can put there :
  • 1 pound fresh okra, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, cubed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 green chillies (optional)
  • 1 Tbs tomato paste
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • large handful of cilantro, chopped
  • Spices: cumin seeds, corriander, tumeric, salt, etc. to taste
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Bhindi Subji
Bamia—called okra or ladyfingers in English— is absolutely delicious if prepared properly. Pictured here over cardamom rice, this recipe serves 3-4 people.

I'll tell you what you can do :

Bamia, known as okra or ladyfingers in English, has got to be one of my favorite seasonal vegetables. In India they make a delicious version of bamia called bhindi Subji: stir-fried okra with tomatoes. Here's my version, which is high on heat and sooo good!

Heat the oil in a wide pan on a medium flame and add the cumin seeds (1 teaspoon). Toast them a bit and then add the garlic, onions, and green chillies. Add a bit of water and keep the flame low and the ingredients turning to make sure that they don't burn. Do this for about 5-7 minutes.

Next add the okra, which you should have cleaned, dried (very important), and removed the ends. I like to chop them into pieces, but you can leave them long if you like. Add in about 1 tsp each of tumeric and the corriander powder. Stir in on the medium flame for a minute or two. Now add the tomato paste disolved in about 1/2 cup of water. Allow the okra to cook, stirring often for about 5–7 minutes. The okra should be cooked, but still crunchy.

Finally, add the tomatoes and salt to taste and allow to cook together an additional 3 minutes. As a last touch throw in the chopped cilantro and give it a stir.

It's sooo good!


Okra is one of the most under-appreciated vegetables. In Iraq it is very common, especially when in season (summer/fall). If you can't find it at your local supermarket, look for it frozen!

This is also one of the best tasting vegetarian recipes, and has very little fat!

Best of luck,


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