Bamia Mafroukeh--Ladies fingers with beef or lamg -Taste of Sudan.

Sudan is the largest country in Africa. Lately there was a quarrel between the North and South (Juba). The reason: Oil. Chevron and other Petroleum companies found lots of Oil reserves in the South and so the fight started. I personally visited the village of Bentu, in the South during one of my visits to Chevron Oil Company in the South.

As all countries, the Sudan also has its local foods. A very popular one is Molokhia which grows only in summer. Bamia, in Arabic, lady's fingers or internationally known as Okra can be readily found all year round.

Bamia Mafroukeh is a delicious food eaten with the Sudanese bread called Kisra. The term Mafroukeh is act of breaking down the bamia when it well cooked to turn it into a thick, soup. There is special wooden utensil the Sudanese use.

Ingredients:
- 1 kg bamia Lady's fingers or Okra.
- 1 kg beef or lamb bone free.
- 1/2 kg fresh tomatoes cut in quarters.
- 1 big onion roughly cut.
- 6 cloves of garlic finely cut.
-  1 handful of dill finely cut.
- 2 Tblsp. ground coriander.
- Any kind of oil.
- salt, pepper and chilli to taste.
- Boiling water.

Procedure:
- Wash well the okra. and drain.
- Cut the head and tip off each okra. (the only pain of this recipe)
- Cut each okra into bits.
- In a large pot put two tablespoons of  oil, heat and fry onions till colored.
- Add the meat cut in pieces a glass of hot water.
- Add the tomatoes.
-  Add salt pepper and chilli to taste.
-  Add the coriander, mix and let simmer covered till the meat is tender.
- At this point take meat out of the pot, add the dill, mix and add the okra.
- Add a couple of glasses of boiling water and cover till the okra is very well cooked about 20 to 30 minutes. The okra must be very well cooked, falling apart.
- Use your hand blender to mix till no okra is whole and everything is like a thick soup.
- Add the meat.
- Fry the finely minced garlic in little oil till that beautiful smell,  and add to the soup.Mix and serve hot on the Kisra bread.
If you do not have Kisra, any bread will do. let soak for a minute.

I tell you guys this is good eating.
Enjoy!
Stelios
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