Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Bamiah is a stew made of lamb or beef and okra. It is an Egyptian favourite often served in Middle Eastern restaurant. Can be taken with bread, paratha or rice with addition of all the spices make this dish really yummy.


600g topside beef, cut into large cubes
3 Tbsp coriander seeds
2 tsp cumin (jintan putih) seeds
1 tsp fennel (jintan manis) seeds
12 dried chillies
1 tsp white peppercorns
4-5 cloves garlic
1 walnut sized piece of turmeric
1 walnut sized piece of ginger
salt to taste
5 Tbsp oil or 3 tbsp ghee
2 cups water
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 stick cinnamon 2 in
3 cardamoms
3 cloves
4 Tbsp ghee
300g small ladies fingers, cut off top and bottom and slash halfway up from tail end up
300g small tomatoes, cut off top
green peas for garnishing


Dry fry then grind coriander, cumin, fennel, dried chillies and peppercorns finely.
Blend garlic, turmeric & ginger into fine paste & combine with meat, ground ingredients. Add salt.
Heat oil, add onions, cinnamon, cardamoms & cloves. When onions are a little brown, add meat and fry until fragrant, then add water combined with tomato paste. Cover and simmer till meat is tender, stirring occasionally.
Heat ghee, add ladies fingers and fry for about 8 minutes. When meat is tender and gravy is thick enough add ladies fingers together with tomatoes.
Garnish with green peas.

PHOTO &  RECIPE adapted from THE MPH COOKBOOK by Zarinah Anwar.


Lazy Budget chef said...

That looks so good. I think I can smell the spices through my computer screen! I'm definitely going to try this recipe when Okra is in season!

Treat and Trick said...

Lazy Budget Chef...So glad you like the recipe, hope you'll try them ya...

annies home said...

sounds like a lovely recipe to try very soon

Treat and Trick said...

shopannies... My family love them, hope you'll give it a try....

Unknown said...

you always have such great recipes! this looks delicious! thanks for linking up with made from scratch tuesday!

Treat and Trick said...

Jen..Thanks for hosting dear...