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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jammyjam11's picture
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Just eaten it!! Yummmmmmmmmmmm, i also couldn't find these berries but it was delicious all the same!! What does the bread do in the recipe by the way??

xhayleybabyx's picture
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this already has loads of shining comments and ratings, but i'd like to add another! made this for myself and my housemates and it was gone in about 5 minutes!! really tasty and very easy to make.

jeanhands's picture
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Ooops forgot to rate it lol.

jeanhands's picture
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Just eaten this for lunch, really tasty I thought, hubby thinks it would have been better with sweet potato mash on top instead, maybe next time I'll try it.

budsey's picture
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forgot to star rate it

budsey's picture
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made this several times now love it

cyber-runner's picture

If you don't want to use bread, you can use oats to bind the recipe - or as an alternative, whisk 2 eggs and mix into the meat mixture just before placing it into the baking dish. A big favourite in our house!

chickin66's picture
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Loved this dish, really easy and very tasty, great for dinner parties as you can prepare the day before. I didn't have any allspice berries, so just used allspice powder instead. My husband is making this for us tonight and I think we'll put a bit more chutney in to give it extra flavour. Goes really well with the yellow rice which is just as tasty.

vrog's picture

Had everything ready to make this, then found GF site was having 'technical problems' so couldn't see the instructions. Used method from Waitrose site with ingredients from here plus chopped apricots. Result was great, and even better the following day. Liked the sweetness of the fruit.

devine22's picture

This was a really easy dish didn't have the madras curry paste so used another curry paste I had in the pantry instead and it was still delicious another winner!

mimiskitchen's picture
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This is lovely, like other people I did make some alterations. I used all spice powder instead of the berries, and like someone else I used Mrs Balls chutney which I found at Morrisons instead of the mango chutney. I also made the topping using 300ml of cream and 3 large eggs, which made the top souffle a little. I would definitely recommend it.

claassensfrancois's picture

the basics are there, will carry lots of little extras like cumen, geera and ginger in the mince, grate a touch of nutmeg, and a touch of parmesan in the topping, dont forget a good red wine to go with it.

mrsmandalay's picture
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I was totally surprised of how lovely this dish was!
I had no cloves or allspice and used oregano and ground cumin for mixed herbs - it turned out super yummy! It smelled very much like curry, but didn't taste very curried. It had a slight sweet taste to it - eventhough the mango chutney I used was hot, but it balanced out perfectly! My husband was also delighted - will def make again!

jbinksyboy's picture
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Great recipe, many thanks. Particularly good made the day before as the flavours tend to develop. I prefer this dish with lamb mince to be honest, try it - it's delicious.

stephie_kay's picture

Lovely alternative to the weeks menu. Easy to make, but make sure you have all the ingredients to get the maximum tastiness out of it! The only thing I left out were the raisins. Yummy!

tiptozer's picture

As a South African I have eaten this lovely dish a million times - but never with herbs, allspice and cloves. The version I know has bay leaves, curry, of course, and 1 cubed apple and a handful of nuts, such as hazelnuts. Delicious :-) Will try this version. By the way, we always ate babotie with rice and Mrs Ball's peach chutney, a jammy sweet chutney.

janhearn's picture
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really enjoyed this recipe, however i had some the following day, re-heated and it tasted too "all spicy". did not use berries but used alspice powder, not sure I would use it again.... Still really nice and enjoyed by the whole family.

ellyread's picture
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Well what else can i say, but what a tasty, easy to make and filling dish, the whole family loves it...make it, its scrummy!!

ajctracey's picture
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Excellent. Next time I'll make more topping, there wasn't quite enough. Made this with gluten-free bread and nobody noticed.

hungrybear's picture
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great dish, versatile in terms of ingredients, very filling and all round one of my favourite dishes

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