Lamb & Okra Stew

Lamb and Okra stew
Lamb and Okra stew

This recipe is enough for 4 to 6 servings 


0.420kg or 2 leg Lamb Steaks

400g Okra

5 Tblsp Oil (vegetable)

1 medium sized Onion

1 Garlic bulb whole

1 Garlic clove crushed

Tumeric 1 tsp

Saffron (good pinch of ground Saffron)

Salt 1 tsp

Pepper 1/4 tsp

Tomato puree 2 tbls

3 cups / 750 ml cold water

For the Okra

2 Tblsp oil (vegetable)

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground black pepper


Finely chop one onion and fry in 5 Tblsp of oil until golden brown.

Onions - golden brown

Add the tumeric, salt, pepper and saffron.

Fried Onions and spices

Fry the spices with the onions for 15 seconds.

Fried onions mixed with spices

Add the cubed lamb.

Lamb cubed

Fry the lamb with the fried onion and spices.

Lamb fried

Add the tomato puree.

Lamb - Tomato puree

Fry the tomato puree with the lamb and then add the crushed garlic.

Lamb - Tomato puree - garlic

Add 3 cups of cold water.

Lamb - water

Raise the heat and allow the stew to boil for 5 minutes.

Lamb - Water boiled

While the stew is boiling, wash the whole garlic bulb and remove any excess dry skin and stalk.

Garlic cleaned and washed

Pop the whole garlic in the stew, this will give the stew a rich earthy flavour without the punch of garlic coming through.

Lamb - Garlic

Reduce the heat to medium and cover the top of the pot.

For this recipie I’ve used small frozen okra, but you could also use fresh.


Put 2 Tblsp of oil in a large saucepan and place on medium heat. Wash the Okra and pop in the saucepan.

Okra fried in oil - spices

Add the spices for the okra (salt, pepper and cinnamon) and gently fry the okra so as not to break them open.

Okra fried in oil - spices

Add the fried okra to the Lamb stew. Very gently give it a stir so as not to break the okra open.

Note: Over cooking will make your okra mushy so ensure that your lamb is cooked well enough before you pop the okra in the stew.

Lamb and Okra stew - simmering

Cover the top and let the stew simmer on a medium to low heat  for a good 30 minutes or until the lamb is cooked through well and slightly tender.

Lamb and Okra stew simmering

Taste the stew sauce to ensure enough salt, pepper has been added. If not then add to your own taste / liking.

Serve with Saffron rice rice and enjoy 🙂

Lamb and Okra Stew

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