Bobotie

Bobotie

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(149 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 40 mins

Easy

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

  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal386
  • fat16g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs20g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre1g
  • protein43g
  • salt0.97g
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Ingredients

  • 2 slices white bread
  • 2 onions, chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 25g butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1kg packet lean minced beef
  • 2 tbsp Madras curry paste
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 3 cloves
    Cloves

    Clove

    klo-ve

    The dry, unopened flower bud of the tropical myrtle tree family used to flavour a wide variety…

  • 5 allspice berries
  • 2 tbsp peach or mango chutney
  • 3 tbsp sultana
  • 6 bay leaves

For the topping

  • 300ml full-cream milk

    Milk

    mill-k

    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 2 large eggs

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.

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fluffysammy
15th Apr, 2012
5.05
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
26th Mar, 2012
5.05
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
7th Feb, 2012
5.05
Lovely, have made this several times, each time a winner.
rationingrevisited
2nd Feb, 2012
YUM! dying to try this recipe... havent had Bobotie since i was a kid. My mother used to make it often.
julietulip
20th Jan, 2012
5.05
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
15th Jan, 2012
5.05
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
28th Dec, 2011
4.05
Great dish, however, I found that for 1Kg of mince then 4 medium eggs and 400ml of milk was needed for the topping.
Druunica89
27th Nov, 2011
5.05
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
30th Oct, 2011
5.05
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
23rd Sep, 2011
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

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