Lamb and Okra Stew


Old Middle Eastern family recipe, one of my favorites. A mildly spiced lamb stew is served over rice pilaf in this homey main dish.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins
6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¼ cup crushed garlic

  • 2 pounds cubed leg of lamb meat

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint

  • 1 teaspoon ground dried turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 pound baby okra

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 cup thin egg noodles

  • 2 cups long grain rice

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, and cook until transparent. Add the cubed lamb, and cook until browned on all sides. Season with cumin, mint, turmeric and rosemary. Cook for another 5 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste and okra. Combine the lemon juice and water, and stir into the skillet. Cover, and simmer over low heat for 45 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the egg noodles, and saute until toasted. Pour in the chicken broth and water, and bring to a boil. Stir in rice, cover and simmer over low heat until the rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and stir in olive oil before serving. Serve the lamb stew over the rice pilaf.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

552 Calories
19g Fat
67g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 552
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 325mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 67g 24%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 30mg 148%
Calcium 150mg 12%
Iron 9mg 47%
Potassium 786mg 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.