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Bamya - Meat and Okra Stew




2 lb beef or lamb cut into 1" cubes
2 onions finely chopped
2 cloves garlic finely minced
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 cup tomatoes peeled, seeded and chopped
3 Tbsp tomato paste
1 cup beef stock or water or more as needed
2 Tbsp fresh mint chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1.5 lb okra
juice of 1 lemon

Okra must be cooked so that its slimy texture is eliminated. The Greeks have the best technique for achieving this. Trim the conical tops with a sharp knife then soak the okra in red wine vinegar (Khall) for 30 minutes allowing 1/2 cup of vinegar per pound. Drain, rinse and dry the okra nd proceed with the recipe. This dish is popular throughout the Middle East and can be prepared with lamb or beef. Serve with rice.

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