Bamia Stew

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  1. Wash the okra. Cut off the tops. Soak for 30 minutes in water with 1/2 cup of vinegar. Drain and rinse the okra.
  2. In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, warm a few Tablespoons of butter or oil. Add the meat and fry, turning, until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a baking dish.
  3. Add the onions to the oil in the frying pan and saute until tender and translucent.
  4. Add the garlic, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, tomatoes, tomato paste, the 1 cup stock and cilantro. Stir well.
  5. Pour over the meat and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Cover and bake in the oven until the meat is tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
  7. Meanwhile, in a saute pan over medium heat, saute the okra in a few Tablespoons of oil or butter for about 3 minutes, stirring gently.
  8. Remove the stew from the oven and arrange the okra on top in Sprinkle the lemon juice evenly over the surface. #Cover the dish and return it to the oven.
  9. Bake for another 35 minutes.
  10. Add stock or water if the mixture seems too dry.
  11. Serve the bamia stew hot, over white rice.