Bobotie

Bobotie

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 40 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 6

Pronounced ba-boor-tea, the national dish of South Africa is a delicious mixture of curried meat and fruit with a creamy golden topping, not dissimilar to moussaka

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Easily halved
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
386
protein
43g
carbs
20g
fat
16g
saturates
6g
fibre
1g
sugar
13g
salt
0.97g

Ingredients

  • 2 slices white bread
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 25g butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1kg packet lean minced beef
  • 2 tbsp madras curry paste
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 3 cloves
  • 5 allspice berries
  • 2 tbsp peach or mango chutney
  • 3 tbsp sultanas
  • 6 bay leaves

For the topping

  • 300ml full-cream milk
  • 2 large eggs

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Pour cold water over the bread and set aside to soak.
  2. Meanwhile, fry the onions in the butter, stirring regularly for 10 mins until they are soft and starting to colour. Add the garlic and beef and stir well, crushing the mince into fine grains until it changes colour. Stir in the curry paste, herbs, spices, chutney, sultanas and 2 of the bay leaves with 1 tsp salt and plenty of ground black pepper.
  3. Cover and simmer for 10 mins. Squeeze the water from the bread, then beat into the meat mixture until well blended. Tip into an oval ovenproof dish (23 x 33cm and about 5-6cm deep). Press the mixture down well and smooth the top. You can make this and chill 1 day ahead.
  4. For the topping, beat the milk and eggs with seasoning, then pour over the meat. Top with the remaining bay leaves and bake for 35-40 mins until the topping is set and starting to turn golden.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2008

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kypnut's picture
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Don't know what happened but the topping was like scrambled egg that wouldn't set, although the meat was ok. May have another go at this and see if i do better. this is the only thing from this site that we haven't really liked and i use this site a lot.

chris122652's picture

I followed the recipe quite closely, just used cream instead of milk for the topping, and it turned out really well. We entertained a south African friend, and she absolutely loved it. She suggested adding shredded carrots and apples, so we'll try that next time. Thanks very much for sharing this.
Chris in Victoria Canada

pumphrey09's picture
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This is a brilliant recipe that I've cooked on many occasions. I usually put mixed spice in, rather than all the separate spices. Jooles - I always make more than I need and simply put it in a container in the freezer. All you then need to do is defrost it, put the topping on and bake!

jburton's picture
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I wonder if this could be frozen, if I put it in freezer (wrapped well) at the point of putting on the topping, I would put that on when it goes in the oven and will of course make sure the meat hasn't been previously frozen.
I have made this dish before and its lush, I want to make it again this weekend and would like to freeze some too...??

fluffysammy's picture
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I love this, im not sure where i made mine from originally but i use longways sliced bananas over the top and its sooooo yummy

susan_lily's picture
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Bobotie is now a family favourite. Not like anything I have tasted before, a gorgeous rich flavour. Lovely with the yellow rice. Will make next time we have friends over too as so easy to make.

happydays95's picture
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Lovely, have made this several times, each time a winner.

rationingrevisited's picture

YUM! dying to try this recipe... havent had Bobotie since i was a kid. My mother used to make it often.

julietulip's picture
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I was surprised by how nice this is! Tweaked it slightly to use stuff I had in ... so I swapped mango chutney for leftover cranberry sauce. Ground allspice instead of berries. Natural yoghurt instead of milk. It all worked out fine. I made one with beef for hubs and one with quorn for me. The veggie one needed a bit of liquid adding ... but handily I had a bottle of red open so added a generous splash of that. Hey Presto ...yum. Yellow rice very easy and nice with it!

laurenneeson's picture
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Wow this is delicious! My husband cooked this for my birthday dinner and when I first read the recipe I was dubious but when i tasted it I was blown away. It is such an authentic and flavoursome dish. It goes perfect with the yellow rice recipe. Someone very usefully pointed out that you can buy "Mrs Balls Chutney" in Tesco which we did, and it really complimented the dish. We will definately be making this again!

slavnist's picture
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Great dish, however, I found that for 1Kg of mince then 4 medium eggs and 400ml of milk was needed for the topping.

Druunica89's picture
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I followed the recipe completely, and the outcome was amazing! So tasty, spicy and filling, plus low in fat and pretty healthy and easy to make. Yellow rice and apricot blatjang were great accompaniments. Will make again definitely!

rachaelcoar's picture
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Delicious! Easy to make beofre hand too so can just pop in oven, made with the rice also yummy. bf said one of most tasty things had for tea

judisa's picture

Mrs balls peach/ fruit chutney are now sold by Sainsburys in the UK, and realy give the flavour of the fruit in this recipe.

Also bake sweet potatoes in its peels, and serve with rice and chutney for a real South african feast

judisa's picture

You can replace the white bread with rolled oats, and it's very tasty too!

kirconnel's picture
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Instead of using the topping, try using this mixture with pasta sheets to make a most unusual but fantastic lasagne. It is now one of our favourites.

kmontgom's picture
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Fantastic dish - will be making more of this soon. My friends love it and it is so easy to make.

sarahyoungs's picture
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delicious, i changed the sultanas for chopped dried apricots and added an extra tablespoon of curry paste.
I doubled the toppin by using half milk, half creme fraiche and 4 eggs with some grated cheese

annarobinson's picture

Enjoyed this recipe however would leave off topping next time !

natanya-joy's picture
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This was delish! I made it with only 300g of mince, rather than a kilo, but kept most of the quantities the same, and we still have loads of left overs. It's so filling! I didn't have mixed spice, cloves, madras currey paste, berries, bay leaves or chutney! But I looked up substitues for them, or just left them out and it turned out gorgeous. Will definitely be making it again, and best thing about it? My little kids loved it, so probably would leave the currey paste out anyway in future! Will definitely make this again..

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