When I spotted a Lebanese Okra dish , I was more than pleased to see it . Our menu for the day was Daal, Rice and Okra . We Sindhi’s make okra / bhindi with onion and tomatoes and call it Bhindi Bassar . The recipe was quite similar but with a variation of spices .

The Bhindi Bassar is cooked with Indian spices , turmeric, coriander powder are mandatory , the Lebanese Okra had only cayenne pepper. Anyhow since my sis in law and I were the only ones to eat , I went ahead and made it . The recipe called for deep fried okras , I used my air fryer for that . Of course if you wish to deep fry , please go ahead , fry till crisp and golden . The stew turned out delicious and has been added to our regular menu .

Stewed Okra & Tomatoes {Bemieh bel Zeit}

 

Ingredients

500 gms okra
2 medium onions
4-6 cloves garlic, minced
1 bell pepper
3-4 tomatoes
1 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt to taste

Method

Wash and wipe the okra. Trim the head and tails.
Slit the okra making sure you keep them intact.
Spray a little oil on the okras.
Place them in a air fryer and roast till they turn slightly crisp.
Alternatively you can deep fry the okra.
Add 4-6 teaspoons of fresh oil in a pan and saute the onions and bell peppers until they turn golden or lightly caramelised. Sauté for 3-4 more minutes.
Add the okra to the pan , stir well.
Add the sliced tomatoes and the garlic.
Sprinkle cayenne peppers and salt, mix well and let cook on low heat for 5-7 minutes.


Print Recipe
Stewed Okra & Tomatoes {Bemieh bel Zeit}
A simple delicious dish of Okra ,cooked the Lebanese style.
Course Lunch
Cuisine Middle East
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course Lunch
Cuisine Middle East
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Wash and wipe the okra. Trim the head and tails.
  2. Slit the okra making sure you keep them intact.
  3. Spray a little oil on the okras.
  4. Place them in a air fryer and roast till they turn slightly crisp.
  5. Alternatively you can deep fry the okra.
  6. Add 4-6 teaspoons of fresh oil in a pan and saute the onions and bell peppers until they turn golden or lightly caramelised. Sauté for 3-4 more minutes.
  7. Add the okra to the pan , stir well.
  8. Add the sliced tomatoes and the garlic.
  9. Sprinkle cayenne peppers and salt, mix well and let cook on low heat for 5-7 minutes.

6 thoughts on “Bemieh bel Zeit / Lebanese Okra & Tomato Stew”

  1. There are only a few preparations of bhindi that we love in our house. I guess with tomatoes and onions and fried bhindi it must hv turned out quite flavorful

  2. This looks gorgeous, Vaishali. I have never tried okra with tomatoes. This sounds like a good dish to begin with. Love the plate in your picture 🙂

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