Bamieh (Middle Eastern Okra Stew)


A fabulous, flavor-filled bamieh 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.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 55 mins


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 large onions, chopped

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 pounds cubed lamb stew meat

  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground coriander

  • 1 ½ tablespoons garlic paste

  • 5 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained

  • 1 ½ tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2 beef bouillon cubes

  • 4 cups boiling water

  • 2 pounds frozen sliced okra


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in onion, salt, and black pepper; cook and stir until onion has softened and turned a light golden brown, about 10 minutes.

  2. Add lamb, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, and garlic paste. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until lamb starts to brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and tomato paste; cook and stir for another 5 minutes.

  3. Dissolve beef bouillon cubes in 4 cups boiling water. Pour broth into the pot with lamb and stir in okra. If necessary, add water to cover okra. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Remove the cover and cook until lamb is very tender and stew reaches desired thickness, 45 minutes to 1 hour

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

262 Calories
8g Fat
23g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 262
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 779mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 37mg 183%
Calcium 229mg 18%
Iron 8mg 47%
Potassium 791mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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