Saturday, December 6, 2008

Bamyeh bil zayt

Bamyeh bil zayt (Okra in Oil) is an Arabic dish famous in Lebanon and Syria. Here is a step by step recipe for Bamyeh bil zayt.

  • 2 lb (1kg) fresh okra (tender)
  • 4 medium-sized onions
  • 2 whole garlic bulbs
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 lb (1 1/2 kg) ripe tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh coriander
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon ground, dried coriander
  • Cut off the stems of the okra then wash and drain.
  • Sauté the okra, a few at a time, in oil until almost golden, then drain.
  • Peel the onions and slice finely, then fry them with one whole peeled garlic bulb in the same oil that okra was fried in.
  • When the onions and garlic are lightly browned, add the okra, diced tomatoes, salt and lemon juice.
  • Crush the remaining garlic cloves with the dried coriander, and then add with the green coriander to the above ingredients.
  • Pour half a cup of water over the okra and allow boiling over slow heat for half an hour without stirring.
  • Garnish with slices of green pepper.
  • Serve cold.
Serves 7.


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