Fried okra is simmered in a flavored garlic tomato sauce with beef stew cubes and served on a bed of white rice with vermicelli noodles. This Middle-Eastern stew known as Bamya w Roz is hearty and delicious.
Begin by boiling the beef. Add the beef to your pressure cooker along with enough water to cover the meat plus a few inches. Do not cover at this time. Boil for 10 minutes on high heat. Throw away the first batch of water and rinse out the meat from excess fat. Add 6-8 cups of water to the beef along with whatever you typically use to boil meat. I like to add a half small onion, 1 large bay leaf, 1 cinnamon stick, a few cloves, 2 teaspoons of salt, and ½ teaspoon of black pepper. Cover with lid and set the pressure cooker on the highest level over medium-high heat. Once the pressure cooker begins to whistle after 7-10 minutes, lower the heat to medium and set a timer for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn off heat and let pressure cooker release the steam. Set aside with the fresh broth. **
Thaw the frozen okra for about 15 minutes. Heat up vegetable oil for frying. Deep fry the baby okra for about 8-10 minutes on medium heat until slightly crispy and light golden brown. Set aside until use.
Wash the fresh cilantro and cut off the stems. Finely chop. It should come to about a cup or so of chopped cilantro.
Crush the garlic with 1 teaspoon of salt using a wooden mortar and pestle if possible. Add the chopped cilantro and garlic to a large pot with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Sauté for 3-4 minutes on low-medium heat.
Add the fried okra to the cilantro/garlic mixture and add enough beef broth to cover all the ingredients and a bit more (6-8 cups).
Add the cooked beef, crushed tomato, 1 teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of black pepper, and 1 teaspoon of dried coriander. Simmer on medium-low heat for 20 minutes.
To make the rice, begin by washing the white rice 3 times in a mixing bowl. Add the vegetable oil to the pot and heat up for a minute on medium-high heat. Add the vermicelli noodles and cook until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Add the washed rice and mix well. Add the water and salt and lower the heat to medium-low. Cover and let cook for 12-15 minutes.
Serve the okra stew with the rice and enjoy!
If you do not own a pressure cooker, you can boil the beef in any pot. The directions are the same except instead of setting a timer for 20 minutes, it will need about 50-60 minutes. I use the Zavor ZPot 10 Quart 15-PSI Pressure Cooker and Canner because it's very easy to use and clean.