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Bamia Stew

1/2 lb Ground lamb or beef
1 lg Onion; chopped
2 Cloves garlic; minced
4 lg Tomatoes; chopped
6 oz (1 can) tomato paste
Salt
1 ts Dried coriander
1 ts Cumin
1/2 ts Ground black pepper
1 1/8 lb Okra; washed, heads removed
1 tb Tamarind pods; soaked in water


Brown the meat without oil until it absorbs all its liquid. Add the onions, then the spices and garlic. Mix well and add the chopped tomatoes. Cover and let cook on medium heat. Add the water when the tomatoes appear to soften. Let it simmer for 15 minutes, then add the okra, tomato paste and salt. Let the stew cook slowly and towards the end add the strained tamarinds.

Serve hot with rice


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