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.... and then there was stew :)
OKRA STEW/BAMIEH BI ZAYT
Really tapping into my lebanese heritage for this one. My grandma used to make this dish with green beans. As an adult I've acquired a taste for okra so now there are 2 ways to enjoy this hearty vegetable-tomato dish. It's warm, comforting and quick!
1.5lb of fresh okra or a mixture of okra & green beans
2tbs olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3-5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
28oz can of tomato sauce, crushed or stewed tomatos (depending on your taste) or use fresh tomatos if available
2 cups water
salt and pepper to taste
juice of 1/2 lemon
Rinse clean okra & cut off stems. Cut into bite size pieces.
1) Warm olive oil in a sauce pan 5qts or larger, add chopped onion & saute on low-medium until onions are clear/yellow (5-7min).
2) Add okra & garlic and saute over medium heat until okra is lightly browned (4-5min).
3) Add tomatoes, 2 cups water, salt & pepper.
4) Cook covered on medium for 10-15 minutes, lower heat, add lemon juice & stir. Once the lemon juice is incorporated, it's ready to serve. At this point you may want to add more water, depending if you want the mixture to be more soupy.
5) Serve over plain fluffy rice or vermicelli rice.
Makes 6-8 hearty servings.