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Rediscovering Sudanese Cuisine: Unveiling the Flavours of Bamia

Rediscovering Sudanese Cuisine: Unveiling the Flavours of Bamia

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Sudanese Recipe: Bamia

Nestled in the heart of Africa, Sudan is a country brimming with a rich cultural heritage and a diverse culinary tradition. Among the many cherished Sudanese recipes, one dish stands out as a true symbol of the nation's gastronomy: Bamia. This delectable and aromatic okra stew is deeply rooted in Sudanese history and showcases the unique flavours of the region. 

Bamia, also known as "Bamia bi Lahem," has been a staple in Sudanese cuisine for centuries. The dish's origins can be traced back to the cultural and culinary influences of neighbouring countries, including Egypt and Ethiopia. Over time, Bamia has become an integral part of Sudanese culinary heritage, passed down through generations and cherished as a family favourite. By following the steps outlined below, you can recreate the authentic taste of Bamia and experience the vibrant flavours of this cherished Sudanese recipe. Allow your taste buds to be transported to the enchanting land of Sudan, where the aromas of spices mingle with the warmth of tradition!

Servings: 6

Keywords: Bamia, Bamia bi Lahem

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 0 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 mins




  • 1 pound Okra (Washed, trimmed, and cut into small pieces)
  • 1 pound Beef or lamb (cut into cubes)
  • 2 Onions, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato paste
  • 2 Tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Coriander
  • 1 teaspoon Ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Ground turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil for cooking
  • Water for stewing


  1. In a large pot, heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic, sautéing until they turn golden brown and fragrant.
  2. Add the meat cubes to the pot and cook until they are browned on all sides. This process helps to seal in the flavours and enhance the overall taste of the stew.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste, diced tomatoes, ground coriander, ground cumin, and ground turmeric. Mix well to coat the meat and onions with the spices.
  4. Add enough water to the pot to cover the meat, season with salt and pepper, and bring the mixture to a simmer. Cover the pot and let it cook over low heat for approximately 1 to 1.5 hours, or until the meat becomes tender and flavorful.
  5. Once the meat is cooked, add the chopped okra to the pot. Stir gently to combine the ingredients and ensure the okra is evenly distributed throughout the stew.
  6. Continue cooking the stew for an additional 20-30 minutes, or until the okra is tender but still slightly firm.
  7. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper according to your taste preferences.
  8. Serve the Bamia hot, traditionally accompanied by Sudanese flatbread, such as Kisra or Aseeda. The stew can also be enjoyed over a bed of steamed rice.
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