I always feel an immense sense of accomplishment when I make Arabic food and it tastes like my mom’s cooking. Likely because Arabic food only tastes good when my mom or tayta make it, in my personal opinion. So when I realized we had some fresh okra hanging out in the fridge, I decided to try a very well known Arabic dish; Bamiya. Bamiya is basically okra stew.

Don’t let the okra deter you. Most people don’t like it because it can get pretty slimy. But if you prepare the okra properly, I promise you a slime-free meal.

As usual, I like to get my taste tester’s thoughts on my food [read as: get my dad and picky brother’s comments on my fabulous cooking]. So I asked dad what he thought – more specifically, who’s bamiya he liked better, mine or mom’s, to which he answered, you’ve put me in a tight spot so I’m going to have to say your mom’s … and yours. Good save dad!


Bamiya [Okra Stew]


  • 2 lbs Fresh Okra, washed and caps removed
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 2 cans Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 1 lb Lamb Stew Meat, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons Seven Spice
  • Salt, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 425 F
  2. Mix the okra with 1 tablespoon veggie oil [to coat] and place on a large baking sheet
  3. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the okra is lightly browned
  4. Meanwhile, in a large pot, heat the other tablespoon of veggie oil over medium-high heat
  5. Sauté the garlic and cilantro for 3 minutes
  6. Add the onions and sauté until translucent
  7. Add the lamb meat
  8. Stir in 1 tablespoon seven spice and salt and continue to cook until browned
  9. Add the two cans of diced tomatoes and the okra
  10. Mix together two tablespoons tomato paste with water, to about 3 cups
  11. Pour over the okra
  12. Add second tablespoon seven spice and salt to taste and stir
  13. Bring to a boil them simmer for about an hour
  14. Serve with rice or bread
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