Stewed Okra and Tomatoes Bamia

Stewed okra and tomatoes served with rice in a blue bowl

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Okra stewed in tomato sauce makes a wonderful vegan lunch when served with rice pilaf with orzo.


  • 1 lbs okra
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 medium sized tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/2  lemon (to wait the okras in it)
  • 1/2  lemon (to squeeze in the dish)
  • Salt to taste


  1. Clean and wash okras. Squeeze lemon on them and wait for about 10 minutes. Touch them gently while doing all these.
  2. Meanwhile saute onions in olive oil. When they get golden, add tomatoes and garlic slices. Stir it and cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add okras, but do not drain the lemon juice in them. Put them into the dish together. Squeeze half lemon and pour it just on the okras without wasting any time. Don’t forget, you will not stir it until it’s done. Cover it and cook about 5 minutes.
  4. Then pour 2 cups hot water, add salt and cover it. Cook it about 20 minutes until the okras get tender enough.
  5. Serve warm with rice and lemon wedges.


Lemon is an important ingredient in okra dishes. It both prevents it from being slimy and gives a wonderful flavor to the dish.

Keywords: okra stew, stewed okra and tomatoes