Today as I was looking for the vegetarian recipe of okra to link it to this recipe, I realized that I had not blogged about it.
There was a time that I was writing recipes here and there but did not post the same recipe simultaneously on the blog as well.  I wrote about okra in Group Recipes, months ago and it  somehow, skipped my mind to post it here as well.

This is a classic Greek recipe of okra and is the one I usually cook for my family.

Mpamies Giahni (Stewed Okra – Vegan)

1 kilo okra – also called ladies fingers

2 tablespoons vinegar

1/2 cup of olive oil

1/2 cup of chopped parsley

2  onions, finely chopped

1 clove of garlic, finely chopped

2 cups of fresh ripe tomatoes or 1 can of whole tomatoes blended

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Peel stem of okra but do no cut it all off. Dip it in salt and when done sprinkle okra with a few spoonfuls of wine vinegar. Set aside (for 1 hour approx.) preferably in a sunny spot, if possible, while you prepare the rest. (If using frozen okra skip this step).

Wash and drain the okra.

In a non stick frying pan, slightly sauté the okra and remove with slotted ladle in a sauce pan.

Chop onions and garlic and sauté  them in the remaining olive oil till translucent.

Add the tomatoes, parsley, salt and pepper.

Simmer for five minutes and pour the sauce on top of the okra.

Add some more water (about 1 cup), and simmer for about 30 minutes or until okra are tender, and sauce is nice and thick.   Avoid stirring as they will become mashy – just toss the sauce pan now and then.

The other way they make okra in Greece is baked in the oven with chicken.   Feta and wine are not usually added to this dish but this is my twist to the recipe.

Kotopoulo me Mpamies kai Feta (Chicken with Okra and Feta)

Serves: 5 – 6
Preparation time: About 90 minutes for fresh okra or 20 minutes for frozen
Cooking time: 60 minutes


  • 1 kg. fresh  or frozen okra
  • 2 chicken breasts and 2 thighs, cut into portions
  • ½ cup of parsley
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 1 – 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 5 fresh ripe tomatoes, blended
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • ½ cup of white dry wine
  • 4 – 5 chunks of feta cheese
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


If okra is fresh, this has to be done before starting the procedure. 

Peel the stems and sprinkle with salt and vinegar and expose them in a sunny spot for about an hour. (This prevents the okra from excreting a slimy juice). Then wash and drain before sautéing.  If okra is frozen, skip this procedure and just wash in order to remove ice and drain.

Wash the chicken and remove skin.

Cut each chicken breast to get 4 pieces and cut each thigh into two pieces, sprinkle salt and freshly ground pepper.

Heat half the olive oil in a sautéing pan and sauté chicken on all sides.  Remove to a baking tin or a casserole with lid.

Put okra in the sautéing pan and sauté with whatever oil has remained from sautéing the chicken.  Mix well and empty on top of the chicken.

(While sautéing chicken and okra, boil some water and put tomatoes in the hot water for 5 minutes.  Remove from water and peel skin off.  Blend in the food processor.)Add remaining oil in frying pan and sauté the onion and garlic, until translucent.Add the wine, tomatoes and parsley, salt and extra black pepper.

When the sauce has boiled pour over okra, add  feta and cover the casserole  with lid (or cover baking tin with aluminium foil) and bake at 180 degrees C / 350 degrees F,  for 45 minutes.
Remove foil or lid and bake until sauce is thick.

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Χωρίς σχόλια on Kotopoulo me Mpamies (Chicken and okra stew with feta)

  1. Ο/Η Peter G λέει:

    Funnily enough I was talking about «bamies» the other day with friends. We all said how we hated them as kids. But I dare say I love them as an adult…great twist Ivy. I’m glad you blogged about this greek classic.

  2. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Peter, as a kid I also hated okra, so do the two of my kids but as I grew to love them, I am sure one day they will also.

  3. Ο/Η Divya Vikram λέει:

    I love greek cuisine..Cos it is healthy n natural..Love the okra chicken combo..Thanks for sending this in for WHB..

  4. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Hi Divya. You are welcome. I also love Indian cuisine.

  5. Ο/Η RecipeGirl λέει:

    I’ve never actually cooked with okra, but you’re sure making it sound fabulous with this dish!

  6. Ο/Η Lore λέει:

    All you had to say was Feta and I was sold. Yum!

  7. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Recipegirl, okra has its fans and its enemies, but I believe when it’s properly cooked it has only fans.

    Lore, in Greece Feta is a must with any dish containing tomato sauce.

  8. Ο/Η JennDZ - The Leftover Queen λέει:

    That looks great! There is a lot of okra here in the southern states of the US. Usually fried or pickled – but your version looks really good!

  9. Ο/Η Ben λέει:

    Would you believe me if I told you that I have never had okra before? Well, I think it is time to change that, don’t you think. Great recipe my friend!

  10. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Ben, if you can find okra then definitely try it at least once and see if you like it.

  11. Ο/Η Elly λέει:

    Bamies are my favorite way to eat any vegetable, ever. I used to eat them by the bowlful when I was little and every time we eat in Greektown, I always order them. I have a difficult time finding decent okra that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg at the grocery, so I don’t make them nearly as often as I want to. These look so tasty, Ivy, and I love the addition of the feta! I’ve never really done that before (unless you consider just eating a chunk of feta on the side as counting :)

  12. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Elly Mpamies are very expensive here as well. When they are really expensive around 6 Euros a kilo, I prefer frozen, which are equally good.

  13. Ο/Η glamah16 λέει:

    Almost like a Medeteranian verison of Gumbo! I like okra like this stwed with tomatoes and chicken, Lovely.

  14. Ο/Η Sam Sotiropoulos λέει:

    Bravo Ivy, I love okra with feta cheese!

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  16. Ο/Η Kalyn λέει:

    Very interesting. I had no idea that okra was used in Greece. I think the only two ways I’ve eaten it are deep fried okra and in gumbo, but this sounds delicious. I just wish I could come over and try some!

  17. Ο/Η Syrie λέει:

    Sounds delicious. I love okra but I only have two recipes for it. Yours is definitely one I will try out.

  18. […] This dish is traditionally made in Greece with chicken and baby okra. It used to be one of my favorite summer recipes in my pre-vegan days. Well, I’ve never given up on okra as it’s one of my favorite vegetables, so since I became a vegan I started cooking okra plain with tomatoes or with potatoes.  For this recipe I used baby okra which I collected from my mom’s garden! I wish I lived in the country to have such a beautiful garden! This time I decided to go way back and enjoy this favorite dish with chicken style seitan. […]


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