Bamieh (Middle Eastern Okra Stew)

Bamieh (Middle Eastern Okra Stew)

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"A fabulous, flavor-filled recipe that's great for leftovers. Every Middle Eastern country has its own spin on this dish, but this one is predominantly the Yemeni version. Serve over basmati rice."


2 h 20 m servings 262 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 262 kcal
  • 13%
  • Fat:
  • 8.3 g
  • 13%
  • Carbs:
  • 22.6g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 21.6 g
  • 43%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 53 mg
  • 18%
  • Sodium:
  • 827 mg
  • 33%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, salt and black pepper; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned a light golden brown, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the lamb, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, and garlic paste. Cook on medium heat until the lamb starts to brown, 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the tomatoes and tomato paste; cook and stir for another 5 minutes.
  3. Dissolve the beef bouillon cubes in 4 cups of boiling water. Pour the broth into the pot with the lamb and stir in the okra. If necessary, add water to cover the okra. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the cover and cook for another 45 minutes to 1 hour until the lamb is very tender and the stew reaches your desired thickness.
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  1. 11 Ratings


Delicious and authentic tasting. My suggestion: Leave in the lamb bones till the end, then remove before serving (they enrich the flavor), and also, add another meat in addition to lamb, such as...

I am of Armenian desent and this is very similar to the way "We" make it. Even the name is similar. We don't use the spice that the Arabs do or in much less concentration. Great with rice pilaf ...

It turned out well! I didn't have lamb on hand but had beef and it was a good substitute for it. I did as someone here suggested and add tamarind paste (I didn't know what the heck to use it for...

I used beef because that is what I had, and served it over rice. Delicious.

My husband who is Palestinian loved this. My only changes were that I used 1 can of diced tomatoes instead of 5 and I used diced tomatoes with chili peppers because my husband likes it real spi...

I didn't add lamb as we don't eat meat in our house but I substituted grillers morning Star in place of meat and added a pinch of turmeric and it turned out very delious

Doubled the spices for better flavor

I found this recipe online, and I didn't think I could make it because I'm not a good cook. Well I followed this recipe and oh my goodness! It's is pure goodness! My family love it! I'm obsessed...

Amazing. I served it over Injera (Ethiopian bread).