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Bites Fil Beit: Tagen Bamya

We love food. We love the real, down to earth, tried-and-tested, handed-down-through-the-generations, local Egyptian food. Here is your chance to learn how to make these local delicacies in your own home. And just so you know what to ask for, we have added how to say the ingredients in Arabic. No more excuses, off to the souq

Tagen Bamya [okra casserole]

½ kilo okra – bam-ya
1 onion, medium size, chopped – ba-sal
1 lemon, cut in thin slices (optional) – li-moon-a
4 tomatoes, medium size – ta-ma-tam
3 tbsp corn oil – zeit dor-a
½ tsp chili powder (optional) – bood-rut shat-ta
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped – toom
Salt and pepper – malh and fil-fil



  • With a sharp knife, remove a thin layer from the top of each okra, forming it into an inverted cone. Remove the bottom tip as well. Wash thouroughly under running water and drain.
  • Chop the tomatoes and blend with a half cup of water.
  • In a tagen, a stone casserole, mix the oil, okra, blended tomatoes, garlic, chili powder, onion, salt and pepper. Add enough water to cover the ingredients.
  • Arrange the lemon slices on top (optional).
  • Cover the tagen with aluminium foil, place in oven and cook at high heat (230-240C) for 45 to 50 minutes until the ingredients are tender.
  • Remove the aluminium foil from the tagen and turn on grill, broil for 10 minutes.


  •   If you would like to add meat to the, just add ½ kilo of veal or beef at step 3.
  •   It is possible to use lamb as well, in that case boil the lamb for 20 minutes until semi-tender, before adding it at step 3.
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