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Middle Eastern Bamya (Okra Stew) Recipe

Rice with beef bamya stew and broth.

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Tender okra, bold spices – a symphony for the senses.

Background on Bamya

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Time-honored tradition meets modern twist.

What Makes Bamya So Special


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Simple, soulful, and utterly satisfying.

Steps to Prep

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Variations of the Dish

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Tips and Tricks

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Savor the magic.

Storage Tips

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use fresh okra instead of frozen in the stew recipe?

Yes, of course. Ensure proper washing before trimming and adding the okra to the stew. Adjust the cooking time, as fresh okra takes less time to cook than frozen.

Are there variations of okra stew from different regions, and how can I incorporate these influences into my cooking?

Yes, Okra stew is a famous dish in several cultures. For an African twist, consider adding ingredients like groundnuts or peanuts, and incorporate bold spices like cayenne pepper for a hint of heat. Alternatively, for a Persian touch, infuse the stew with flavors of saffron, dried lime, and fenugreek.

Can I use fresh tomatoes instead of tomato paste and sauce in the okra stew recipe?

Certainly. Dice ripe tomatoes and add them during the searing step to release their juices. Adjust the quantity based on your preference of thickness. Keep in mind that using fresh tomatoes may slightly alter the texture, however it adds a delightful burst of freshness to the stew.

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Bamya (Okra Stew)

Discover a simple yet wholesome homemade okra stew recipe with detailed instructions. The delightful dish is a flavorful symphony that uses an ensemble of delectable ingredients, such as, beef, okra, broth, tomato paste, and sauce. Elevated with hints of garlic, aromatic herbs, and a squeeze of lemon. The flavors of this dish will captivate you!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 4
Calories 329 kcal


Bamya (okra stew)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 medium yellow onion finely chopped
  • 14 ounces frozen bamya (1 packet)
  • 1 pound beef stew meat cut into 1 inch cubes
  • teaspoons 7 spices
  • teaspoons garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • salt to taste
  • 5-6 cups water for boiling


  • tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2-2½ cups reserved broth
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce (1 can)

Garlic Mix (Tasha)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
  • 8 garlic cloves


  • To start, heat up the olive oil on medium high heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until translucent.
  • Add the cubed beef pieces and mix.
  • Sauté until the beef chunks develop a brown crust.
  • Add the salt, black pepper, 7 spices, garlic powder, coriander, paprika, and cinnamon. Mix well, then add the hot water (about 5-6 cups).
  • Let this mixture come to a boil and let it boil for 5-8 minutes before reducing the heat to medium low.
  • Let it simmer for 30-40 minutes or until the beef is tender and cooked through.
  • Stir this occasionally. There should be leftover broth.
  • To the cooked beef, add the tomato paste and tomato sauce.
  • Add 2 cups of the remaining beef broth. You can add more if you want the consistency to be thinner.
  • Add the frozen or thawed bamya, and mix well.
  • Let it cook for another 15 minutes, and season with salt to taste.
  • In a separate frying pan, heat up the 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat.
  • Add the 8 minced garlic cloves and sauté until golden, for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Once golden, add to the beef pot and mix.
  • Let it simmer together for 5 minutes before serving.



Calories: 329kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 27gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 632mgPotassium: 817mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 677IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 4mg
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2 thoughts on “Middle Eastern Bamya (Okra Stew) Recipe

  1. Lexie says:

    I’m making this at the moment! Can I just say your page is a life saver, my partner is from Syria and I’m Irish, so trying to learn dishes from his home country was definitely really daunting at first- I know your page is predominately Palestinian food, however there’s definitely lots of similarities between both countries cuisines! And everything I have made from your page so far has been such a hit ❤️ I hope you make a book (or 3) someday!

    1. Fatimah says:

      So glad you enjoy the recipes! and yes so many are shared <3 I do have a cookbook coming out by the middle-end of Februrary! it has some syrian recipes, too!

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