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Mareg Bamia Recipe - Lamb and Okra Stew

Updated on June 20, 2015
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Linda enjoys cooking food, loves to eat food and likes to share some of her different recipes that she learnt to cook.

Mareg Bamia Recipe(Lamb and Okra Stew)

Mareg Bamia is one of my favourites which I learnt how to cook during my time of work in the country of Kuwait. It is one recipe that is common among Arab household in the Middle East especially Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and even Egypt. Mareg Bamia is so easy to prepare and cook.

Bamia is the Arabic word for Okra. As you know Okra is also called Ladies Fingers as it resembles the shape of ladies fingers. Long and tapering shape. Not many people eat Okra because of it's slimy juice but the health benefits of eating Okra are very good especially for people with Cancer, Diabetes and it also promotes great skin.

I read somewhere that Cleopatra of Egypt loved to eat Okra because it contains Vitamin A promoting great skin and reducing pimples. No wonder Cleopatra was portrayed with such beauty.

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Here is a photo of Mareg Bamia Recipe which I cooked myself.
Here is a photo of Mareg Bamia Recipe which I cooked myself. | Source

Mareg Bamia Recipe(Lamb and Okra Stew)

5 stars from 2 ratings of Mareg Bamia Recipe

Cooking time for Mareg Bamia Recipe

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour 45 min
Ready in: 2 hours 5 min
Yields: Serves 4 to 5 people

Ingredients for Mareg Bamia Recipe(Lamb and Okra Stew)

  • 1 kilo Lamb, With bones or without bones
  • one bulb onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin, powder
  • 1teaspoon coriander, powder
  • 1 tablespoon or more salt, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon blackpepper, powder
  • 4 or 5 pieces tomatoes, fresh or tinned
  • 500gms Okra, topped and tailed
  • cooking oil or butter
  • 8 to 10 cups water, as required
  • 1 can or half a tube paste tomato puree, tinned or in a tube paste

Mareg Bamia Recipe(lamb and okra stew recipe)

  1. First wash the lamb and set aside. Top and tail the Okra( just cut off the head and tail of the okra), wash and set aside. Cut the onions, smash the garlic, slice tomatoes and set aside.
  2. Start by using a large pot on the cooker, add the cooking oil or butter, add the lamb pieces and stir until brown then add the garlic and onions, continue to stir till the onions are also brown a little and soft.
  3. Add the tomatoes and carry on stirring until tomatoes are soft, add water to cover the ingredients or more water.
  4. When it boils for about half an hour, add the spices like cumin, coriander, salt and black pepper and tomato puree and stir. Sometimes you can add these spices in the beginning but I do prefer it this way.
  5. Once meat is tender, add the Okra or bamia and carry on cooking until the Okra is tender and cooked. Always add the Okra at the last few minutes because Okra does not take long to cook.
  6. When the water is lessened or has thickened and the meat and Okra is tender, this means it is ready to serve. It is better if the meat is coming off the bones of the lamb.
  7. This meat and okra recipe can be eaten with plain cooked rice. It is delicious when eaten as soon as it is cooked. Enjoy!

Mareg Bamia Recipe

I just want to add that for this recipe, you can also use different meat like beef and chicken. I think that lamb for me is the best meat for this recipe but you could be adventurous and use other meat. Other people use frozen Okra and tinned tomatoes but I believe fresh Okra and fresh tomatoes are best to use. The flavour is better with fresh ingredients.

When it comes to nutrition contents, I can not write or measure it's nutritional content, all I know is meat is a good source of protein and Okra has health benefits like good for people who are suffering from Cancer and Diabetes due to it's anti-oxidants content such as beta-carotene, xanthin, and lutein. Okra is high in Vitamin C which functions as anti-oxidant and neutralizes free radicals. These free radicals are responsible for some types of cancers. Okra provides protein, Riboflavin,phosphorous, potassium, dietary fiber, Vitamin A, C, K and VitaminB6.


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      liesl5858 22 months ago

      I am sorry Peachpurple but I do not cook it. We just buy it as a takeaway.

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      peachy 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      do you have tandoori grill recipe?

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      peachpurple, I also like Indian take away food. Now and again we treat ourselves to Tandoori mix grill.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I love indian food, so i use to dine at mamak stall

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Larry for your kind comment. This is a tasty Arab recipe, you should try it.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      I've only had lamb a couple of times but enjoyed it. This looks delicious. I'll have to give it a try.

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you peachpurple for your comment. I love this veg and its nutritional value.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      yes, okra is known as ladies fingers or bendi in malaysia. Gave you 5 stars

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Maureen, I am glad you like my recipe. I just wrote this when I saw the photo of it one day whilst going thru my photos. Thank you once again for your kind comment. I am fine thanks Maureen, I did not know you were in England last month, you could have popped in for a cuppa. Well, maybe next time you come.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Linda - this looks absolutely delicious, especially as we are well into winter here. Always nice to have something so warming and not too difficult to make. I'm not familiar with Okra although I'm sure it's on the veggie shelf here, so I'll give this a go soon. Thanks, hope you are well, I was in England last month, loved the light nights and springtime..