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Middle Eastern Okra Stew

Okra, also known as ladies-fingers, is a flowering plant popular in Africa, middle east and the far east. It has a characteristic slimey nature which is why you always find it combined with acidic ingredients such as lemon. Its also cooked quite quickly to produce a rich and delicious stew (in this case made in a pressure cooker). This dish is charactarised by the sweet flavour the Okra produces against the tang of the lemon.

This dish is best served with bread & rice.

Middle Eastern Okra Stew Recipe

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  • 400g bag of frozen okra (you can use fresh too)
  • 1 Tin of tomatoes, blended until smooth
  • 2 Large onions
  • 2 Cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp dried coriander
  • Vegetable oil or vegetable margarine
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 1 tbsp of tomato purée
  • Salt and pepper


  • Chop the onions and garlic and soften on a medium heat in a little vegetable oil using a pressure cooker.  The rest of the dish will be finished in the pressure cooker (you can use a normal cooking pot if you don’t have a pressure cooker, you will just need to cook for longer).
  • Add the dried coriander and season with salt and pepper.

  • Pour the blended tomatoes on the softened onions, add the tomato puree, lemon juice and re-check the seasoning, then bring to the boil.

  • Add the okra and bring to the boil and top up with water so that the okra is completely covered.  Shut the pressure cooker lid and allow to cook on a medium heat for 20-25 minutes (If you’re not using a pressure cooking just cover with a lid and allow to cook on a medium heat).

  • The okra is ready when it soft but still retains its shape, adjust seasoning and lemon juice to taste before serving.

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  1. I just made your soup – it was really good! Also doubled up as a stew over rice ;-). Thanks for the recipe!

  2. My Middle Eastern mother in law makes this but never really had a recipe to share. I can’t wait to try yours. She also adds a few dried apricots to her sauce.

    • Mongolian Chef

      … yumm!! Apricot + tomato based dishes works well… In fact Apricot works well in everything..it should be everyone’s favourite “secret” ingredient.


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