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Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Gnaouia is a delicious Tunisian stew made from okras, which can be prepared with chicken, veal, lamb and beef. It is traditionally served with bread or couscous.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: North African, Tunisian
Servings: 4 people
Author: Mike Benayoun
  • 4 pieces chicken (thighs or drumsticks for example)
  • 1 onion , chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic , pressed
  • 12 oz. okra
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon harissa
  • 1 tablespoon tabel karouia (or a mixture of coriander, caraway and paprika)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. Rinse the okra. Cut the top of the vegetables and discard.
  2. Soak in vinegar water for at least half an hour.
  3. In a large pot, sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil for two minutes.
  4. Add the chicken, salt and pepper. Continue to fry and brown the chicken on all sides.
  5. Then add the tomato paste, harissa, spices, and 1 cup (250 ml) of water. Simmer for 5 minutes over medium heat.

  6. Add 4 cups (1 liter) of boiling water and cook for 15 more minutes.

  7. Add the gombos, drained and rinsed. Stir and continue cooking for another 20 to 25 minutes.
  8. Serve hot with bread or couscous semolina.