Egyptian Meat Okra (Bamya) – Vegetarian/Vegan Option



  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 ½ cups okra, fresh or frozen (thawed)
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 lb stewing beef, cooked (optional)
  • 500ml tomato juice
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt to taste


Step 1

In a medium sauce pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.

Step 2

Saute the onion for 1 minute or until soft.

Step 3

Add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds.

Step 4

Stir in the okra and mix to combine.

Step 5

Add the lemon juice and mix well.

Step 6

Stir in the cooked beef and combine. (skip this for a vegetarian/vegan option).

Step 7

Stir in the tomato juice, cumin, black pepper, sugar, and tomato paste and mix to combine.

Step 8

Cover and let it cook for 10 minutes over low heat.

Step 9

Uncover and simmer for 20 minutes or until okra is completely cooked.

Step 10

Season with salt to taste and serve with Egyptian white rice and salad.

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