Greek Okra Strew in Tomato Sauce (Bamies Latheres)

This is a Greek okra stew recipe known locally as bamies latheres. It’s a traditional dish cooked in a rich tomato and olive oil-based sauce.

It’s easy to make and vegan friendly, though if you don’t mind a bit of cheese, it goes great with a side of feta. Enjoy!



Greek Okra Strew in Tomato Sauce (Bamies Latheres)

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A traditional Greek okra stew made with a delicious tomato and olive oil-based sauce.

Course Main Course, Side DishCuisine Greek

Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 40 minutes Total Time 55 minutes

Servings 7 servings

Author Giorgos Tsoulis


  • 800 gr okra
  • 400 gr crushed tomatoes
  • 600 ml vegetable stock
  • 140 gr onion chopped
  • 100 gr carrot cut into small cubes
  • 120 ml white wine
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • ½ tbsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp dry oregano
  • 5 mint leaves chopped
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 100 ml olive oil

Metric – US Customary


  • Heat a deep saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the olive oil, carrot, and onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes until soft.
  • Add the okra together with the tomato paste and sauté for another 2 minutes.
  • Deglaze with the wine and let all the alcohol evaporate.
  • Add the vegetable stock, the crushed tomatoes, paprika, oregano, sugar, mint leaves, salt, pepper and mix.
  • Let it simmer for about 25-30 minutes, until the sauce is completely set.
  • Serve the okra warm.


Chef’s tip: When the okra is ready, do not stir with a spoon, but by shaking the pot so that they do not dissolve.
Greek Okra Strew in Tomato Sauce (Bamies Latheres)

Greek Okra Strew in Tomato Sauce (Bamies Latheres)

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