Okra & Beef Stew Extravaganza


Embark on a culinary exploration with Bamia, a hearty and flavor-packed stew that is a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine. This dish beautifully combines tender beef chunks with okra, immersed in a rich tomato-based sauce, infused with aromatic spices. Bamia offers a perfect harmony of textures and flavors, making it an ideal comfort food for family dinners or special occasions.

Okra & Beef Stew Extravaganza

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: Makes about 6 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 bowl

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Sodium: 400mg
  • Fiber: 4g


  • Beef chuck, cut into cubes: 600g (1.32 lbs)
  • Okra, trimmed: 300g (0.66 lbs)
  • Onion, chopped: 200g (0.44 lbs)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 15g (0.03 lbs)
  • Crushed tomatoes: 400g (0.88 lbs)
  • Beef broth: 500ml (17 oz)
  • Olive oil: 30ml (1 oz)
  • Ground cumin: 5g (0.01 lbs)
  • Ground coriander: 5g (0.01 lbs)
  • Salt and pepper: To taste
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped: For garnish

Detailed Method of Preparation

  • Brown the Beef: In a large pot, heat olive oil and brown beef on all sides. Remove and set aside.
  • Sauté Aromatics: In the same pot, sauté onions and garlic until translucent.
  • Cook Stew: Return beef to the pot. Add okra, crushed tomatoes, beef broth, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • Garnish and Serve: Garnish with fresh cilantro before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Okra Preparation: To reduce sliminess, avoid over-stirring okra during cooking.
  • Beef Selection: Choose beef with some marbling for richer flavor.
  • Slow Cooking: Cook on low heat for tender beef and flavorful stew.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use frozen okra? 

Yes, it's a convenient and effective substitute.

How can I store leftovers? 

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Can Bamia be made vegetarian? 

Yes, substitute beef with chickpeas or lentils.