A simple but amazing Middle Eastern dish containing okra with tomato sauce and wonderful spices. For a vegetarian dish, you can choose to omit the steak completely. Serve with white rice.
- ⅔ cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 pound beef top sirloin, cut into 1-inch cubes
- ½ large onion, chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 (10 ounce) cans tomato sauce
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 (10 ounce) package frozen okra, thawed
- 2 cups water
- 1 ½ tablespoons ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- salt to taste
- 1 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced
Heat olive oil in a large pot over high heat. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon salt over steak cubes; cook and stir meat in the hot oil with onion and garlic until meat is seared, about 5 minutes; reduce heat to medium; cook and stir until meat is browned, about 3 more minutes. Remove steak pieces and set aside.
Stir tomato sauce and tomato paste into same pot; mix in okra, water, coriander, white pepper, and cumin. Bring to a boil; season with additional salt. Reduce heat to low and simmer until okra is tender, 30 to 45 minutes; return pieces of beef to the bamia. Simmer until flavors are blended, about 10 minutes; garnish with slices of jalapeno pepper.
Preparation time: 20 mins
Cook time: 50 mins
Total time: 1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 6 – Yield: 6 servings