Khoresh Bamieh (Persian Okra Stew with Meat) Recipe+Benefits

This okra stew is prepared in Iranian style and has fresh vegetables such as onion, garlic and tomato, as well as lamb or veal, which is very healthy and nourishing.

Khoresh bamieh or “okra stew” is one of the most popular types of Iranian food . There are different types of stews. One of the types of Iranian stews is khoresh bamieh which belongs to Kermanshah, Ilam, Khuzestan, Kurdistan, and Fars, but it is cooked in all provinces and has its fans.

There are differences in how to prepare okra stew in different cities. You can not use meat or chicken to prepare khoresh bamieh or a completely vegetarian dish. Okra stew is served with rice or bread.

Okra stew is one of the best local Iranian stews with a special taste, and this stew has a special glaze due to okra that doubles the pleasure of eating this dish with rice and has many fans who never stop eating this dish.

How to make khoresh bamieh? (Khoresh bamieh recipe)

Preparing khoresh bamieh is very easy, but it needs to follow the principles of cooking, which should be cooked with gentle heat, and the amount of okra cooking is very important, which is mentioned in the recipe.

Okra is known as one of the most special foods around the world. In Iran, khoresh bamieh is one of the famous and very delicious foods in the country’s southern provinces and tropical regions of Iran.

If you want a thick stew with many glazes, it’s better to prepare the necessary ingredients right now and join us to teach you how to prepare a professional khoresh bamieh on the meals cook site.

“Okra is found in its wild state on the alluvial banks of the Nile and the Egyptians were the first to cultivate it in the basin of the Nile” (12th century BC). It was propagated then through North Africa to the Mediterranean, the Balkans, and India.


How to make khoresh bamieh

For: 4 people

Preparation time::15 minutes

Cooking time:2 hours


Okra 0.8 pound
Meat 0.9 pound
Onion 2 pcs
Garlic 2 cloves
Tomato 2 pcs
Salt as needed
Black pepper 1 tablespoon
Turmeric powder Half a teaspoon
Lemon juice as needed


1. Chopping onions and garlic

Start the preparation of khoresh bamieh by frying the onion. In this way, peel an onion and chop it finely, then finely chop the garlic and set it aside.

step 1 khoresh bamieh

2. Saute the onion

step 2 khoresh bamieh

Next, put a pot suitable for cooking stew on low heat and add oil until it heats well. Then pour the onion into the pot and fry well until it becomes light and glassy. Finally, add turmeric.

3. Adding garlic

Continue preparing the basic ingredients of the okra stew by frying the onion and turmeric, adding the garlic, and mixing the ingredients well until they are uniform. The smell of garlic spreads in the air.

4. Adding meat

step 4 khoresh bamieh

Now it’s time to pour the chopped meat into the pot and fry it with other ingredients until it is cooked well and the color changes.

Remember that over-roasting the meat makes it hard.

5. Sautéing the tomato paste

step 5 khoresh bamieh

To color the stew, pour the specified amount of tomato paste into the pot, fry it, and then mix it with the meat until smooth. Peel the tomatoes, grate them, pour them into the pot, and stir well.

6. Adding water to cook the meat

step 6 khoresh bamieh

To make khoresh bamieh delicious, fry the tomato paste until its rawness is removed. Now it’s time to pour 4 glasses of water into the pot first, put it on high heat until the water boils, and then lower the heat so that the stew cooks slowly.

7. Wiping the okra

step 7 khoresh bamieh

While the meat is cooking, clean the okra well so you only take their heads and tails and then wash them. Remember not to damage the texture of the okra so that it does not fall apart during cooking.

8. Sautéing okra

step 8 khoresh bamieh

After this step, put a suitable pan on low heat and add oil until it gets hot, and then fry the okra until their color changes so that their texture does not fall apart after cooking.

9. Adding okra to the stew

adding bamieh to stew

It is better to wait until the meat is well cooked, and then, after about 2 hours, pour the okra into the pot containing the stew ingredients.

Next, use lime or lemon juice to flavor the stew, then add the required amount of black pepper to the ingredients.

10. The time required for the stew to settle

step 10 khoresh bamieh

For the khoresh banish to settle, it is better to let the okra cook with the meat for 40 minutes so that the excess water of the stew is taken. Also, this stew should be glazed; leaving it until it settles is better.

11. Food preparation

khoresh bamieh ready

Your delicious khoresh bamieh is ready. Adding salt at the last stage of cooking the stew is better. Remember that overcooking makes the okra fall apart and harms the appearance of the stew.

Persian okra stew is served with mast o musir, mast o khiar, seer torshi,zeytoon parvardeh, and salad shirazi.

I have written an article about okra pickle(torshi bamieh) which is related to okra and you can see it and prepare it and enjoy it.

Notes for khoresh bamieh:

Notes for khoresh bamieh


  • Fry the red meat until the texture is hard and not slow cooking.
  • Adding salt at the last stage of cooking khoresh bamieh is better.
  • Fry the okra well before adding it to the stew until it hardens.
  • The cooking time of okra should be at most 1 hour because its texture will fall apart.
  • Cook the okra stew on low heat until it thickens well.
  • Add okra along with salt in the last 30 minutes of cooking. Because okra cooks very quickly, and otherwise, your okra stew will be crushed.
  • Do not add salt to the stew from the beginning because it will make the meat cook longer. In addition, the tomato paste may be a little salty, and the stew will be salty.
  • Do the same in preparing khoresh bamieh with chicken meat, and after roasting the chicken pieces, add tomatoes and tomato paste.
  • Some people add cob to khoresh bamieh.In this case, as we said, cook the cobs separately and add them to the stew in the middle of cooking.
  • To make Southern okra stew, use tamarind instead of tomato paste, and of course, to flavor the stew, they use a garlic bush for this amount of ingredients. First, fry the mutton or chicken with onions, a grated garlic bush, and tomatoes in the same order. Then cook the stew. 
  • In the last half hour of cooking, add the tamarind soaked in water and strained to the stew along with the okra. Let the stew settle and thicken.
  • Using small okra to make okra stew fit better and become thicker is better.
  • Adding some cinnamon to okra stew with meat gives this dish a unique taste. You can add a cinnamon stick to the food and remove it at the end of the cooking process.
  • To prevent the okra from slipping in the stew, you can leave some okra tail. This prevents the okra from slipping. Frying okra before adding it to the stew is another way to prevent it from becoming sticky in the stew.
  • After adding okra to the stew, turn off the flame after a few minutes. Overcooking okra will make it mushy and sticky.
  • Preparing khoresh bamieh as much as you need for each serving is better. Avoid putting okra stew in the freezer or refrigerator because heating okra after a few times causes it to be crushed and the food to be slippery.
  • .Many people add some garlic to make okra stew. If you like to prepare this dish with garlic, you should peel it, grate it, and fry it with meat and onions.

Benefits of okra:

Benefits of okra

It is good to know that okra regulates blood pressure and lowers cholesterol. In addition, okra is rich in fiber.

For this reason, it is an extremely filling and slimming food. Okra lowers blood sugar, which is very useful for people with diabetes.

(Of course, be careful of its interaction with blood-sugar-lowering drugs). Okra is very useful and therapeutic for people who suffer from constipation.

Okra is rich in folic acid, vitamin A, and vitamin C, so it is an anti-depressant and anti-stress food.

Okra—also known as lady’s-fingers, gumbo, or bhindi—is the most important vegetable crop of the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. It belongs to the genus Abelmoschus and family Malvaceae.


1. What is the English of Bamiyeh?

The meaning of okra in English is okra. Okra—also known as lady’s-fingers, gumbo, or bhindi—is the most important vegetable crop in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world.

2. How many calories are in Bamieh?

Okra calories cooked, boiled, drained, without salt 22 kcal and cooked, boiled, drained, with salt 22 kcal and raw 31 kcal and in the form (of mixed cooked food) from several ingredients) is 378 kcal per 100 grams.

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