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Monday, November 24, 2008

Okra Simmered in a Cilantro & Garlic Tomato Sauce (Bamyeh)

I've tried searching Middle Eastern recipes on the internet, and they just don't exist. Unless you have Arabic installed on your computer, and can search for the recipes in that language. Which I don't. So I've decided to post all my Middle Eastern recipes as I make them, although they are not really originals.

This is a really good dish. My 4 year old was eating this and saying "mmm...delicious!" after every bite :)

**This can TOTALLY be made in the slow cooker. Just layer all the ingredients except for the cilantro and minced garlic (which you will add when it is fully cooked), and cook on low for 4-5 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.**

-1 tablespoon olive oil

-1 pound beef stew meat (depending on how much your family likes meat), cut into 1 inch cubes
-s&p to taste
-1 teaspoon coriander
-1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
-1 teaspoon all spice
-optional: 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
-1 package frozen okra
-3 cloves garlic, sliced finely
-1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses or lemon juice
-14.5 ounce can tomato sauce
-4-5 cans water
-1 cup finely diced fresh tomato, cut into small cubes OR 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes (optional)
-1 bunch cilantro, diced finely
-3 cloves minced garlic

To make
-heat olive oil in pressure cooker. Add stew meat and cook half way through, about 10-15 minutes. Season the meat with coriander, cardamom, allspice and cumin seeds. Add frozen okra and let it defrost in the pot. Take care not to over mix, because okra will mush. Add sliced garlic and pomegranate molasses, and stir gently. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
-Once okra has defrosted, add tomatoes and tomato sauce. Fill tomato sauce can with water and add to pot. Bring sauce to a boil. Cover pressure cooker. Once it is 'pressured', reduce heat to low and cook for 30-35 minutes.
-Uncover lid and add fresh minced cilantro and fresh minced garlic. Let sauce simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
-Serve with bulghur or rice 

**If you do not have a pressure cooker, increase cook time to about 45-60 minutes, or until meat is tender.**

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  1. I am doubly hungry now. Ok I made this stew yesterday with steaks and this would be great with steak beef.
    looks great mashallah. invite next time.

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  3. It looks delicious msA! check this website for Middle Eastern recipes..i use it all the

  4. for some reason i put onions in everything..are u able to find small bamyeh in the frozen section?? where? the only frozen bamyeh i find is the cut up kind and it makes the dish very slimy!

  5. I buy the frozen bamyeh from any Middle Eastern store, we have a lot of them out here. I haven't really looked for it in mainstream supermarkets, but I'll check!

  6. What is the size of the can of tomato sauce should we use and the size of the can of diced tomatoes?

  7. Anonymous,

    Use 14.5 ounce cans of tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Happy cooking :)

  8. Made this last week and both of my kids loved it and my husband was impressed! :) Thanks for the recipe.