Bamies: Okra with tomato sauce & chicken drumsticks 

This is a favourite dish of mine that brings back special memories. My mum use to make this and every time I taste it I think of her. It’s not the healthiest of Greek dishes, but it’s certainly one of the most delicious!


1 kilo frozen okra
6 chicken drumsticks
1 chopped shallot
1 bunch of fresh onion
2 carrots
6 chopped fresh tomatoes
250 grams olive oil
A small bunch parsley
Salt & pepper
A sprinkle of sugar

This recipe is delicious with or without the chicken.

Because we use drumsticks in this recipe, we will bake the okra and the chicken separately and then mix them together. Instead, if you use chicken breast you put it to bake together with the okra from the start.

First, put the frozen okra into a tin and add some vinegar. Put in the oven at 150 degrees for an hour so they dry. The reason we put a bit of vinegar on top is to get rid of the slime and dry them.

Prepare the drumsticks. Add salt and pepper and put it in the oven with the okra for an hour.

In the meantime, in a pan add the olive oil, carrots, chopped onion, fresh tomato, salt, parsley and a sprinkle of sugar to finish. The sugar in the fresh tomato brings out the flavor and minimizes the acidity. Cook for a few minutes.

Half-time in the oven, give the okra a stir and put back in the oven for the remaining 30’. Same goes for the chicken.

Next in the process is to bring everything together. Take the okra and the drumsticks out of the oven. Add some salt to the okra. Pour the tomato sauce on top of the okra and distribute evenly. Put the drumsticks on top of the okra and pour the stock of the chicken into the okra for a more yummy result.

We shake it a bit and then back into the oven for an hour.