Iraqi Okra Stew


This month’s challenge for MENA was Iraq, which was hosted by Maryam of Maryam’s Culinary Wonders. I chose to go with the traditional okra stew. I have actually made this dish a few times. It’s delicious and perfect for cooler weather. As I have previously told you Arabs’ cook white rice on the side of stews and usually ladle the stew over the rice, it’s pretty perfect.


4 to 6 chunks of lamb on the bone
1 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, diced
3 tablespoons tomato paste
3 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup sliced fresh okra

1. In a 8-quart saucepan, saute meat pieces in oil, until browned, about 10 minutes. Add enough water to cover the meat. Bring to a quick boil, skimming as needed, and then let simmer gently, covered, on low heat until meat is tender and moisture has evaporated, about 45 minutes. If meat is cooked and there is still some liquid in the pot, strain it and use it as part of liquid required in the recipe.

2. Add garlic, okra, remaining water, chicken broth, tomato paste, salt, coriander, cardamom and lemon juice. Bring to a full boil, skimming as needed, then reduce heat to low and cook a remaining 45 minutes covered.

Yields: 4 servings

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  • Maryam says:

    Your pictures are magazine-worthy as usual, Noor, masha Allah!
    Thanks for hosting the club and participating in the challenge.

  • Asmaa says:

    Tasty looking dish noor as always and i also like your latest changes to the website. Allahumma Baarik.

    • Noor says:

      Thank you, just changed it yesterday. After 7 years I think I needed something more professional :)

  • Carrie says:

    This looks warm and comforting, perfect for the winter months! I could use a bowl right about now :)

  • Joanne T Ferguson says:

    G’day! A great dish indeed Noor as part of this month’s MENA challenge too!
    Thanks for all you do!
    If you can provide me with a FB user name, I can update my FB post I did about the Round Up! Thank you!
    Cheers! Joanne @ What’s On The List

  • snehadatar says:

    This dish looks delicious Noor. Will definitely try this dish.

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