Prepare time: 20 min
Cook: 30 min
Ready in: 50 min

This is a great recipe for the month of Ramadan. It is an Egyptian dish. Bake in a clay baking dish if. In absence of that, any deep baking dish is fine.


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pound boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water, or as needed to cover
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen okra, thawed


  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir onion until translucent, about 7 minutes.
  2. Mix in lamb, salt, and black pepper; cook and stir until lamb is lightly browned, 5 to 10 more minutes.
  3. Stir in tomato sauce and water; season with salt and black pepper.
  4. Bring lamb mixture to a boil and reduce heat to low.
  5. Simmer lamb in sauce until very tender, at least 1 hour, adding more water as needed. Stir occasionally.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  7. Stir okra into lamb mixture, adding more water if necessary, and bring to a boil.
  8. Spoon the bamia into a 2-quart baking dish and adjust salt and black pepper; cover dish with foil.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven until okra is tender, about 45 minutes; uncover for last 10 minutes of baking.