Praneet Mishra

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This vegetable was mentioned in ancient Iraq on Assyrian cuneiform tablets dealing with herbal medicines. It was called ‘ubanu,’ literally ‘finger’, which brings to mind the English name for okra, ‘lady’s fingers,’ and Iraqi vernacular for okra banya. Today in Iraq, okra is a very popular vegetable, exclusively used for making margat bamya (okra stew). No spices are used in preparing it, and yet, it will come out wonderfully delicious. I think what puts off many people, who did not grow up…

Iraqi Okra Stew with lamb, tomato paste, pomegranate syrup/molasses, dried hot peppers./ recipe from Delights from the Garden of Eden by Nawal Nasrallah Read Recipe by