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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 40 mins


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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  • 2 slices white bread
  • 2 onions, chopped



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

  • 25g butter



    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



    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



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

  • 2 large eggs


  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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28th Dec, 2011
Great dish, however, I found that for 1Kg of mince then 4 medium eggs and 400ml of milk was needed for the topping.
27th Nov, 2011
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!
30th Oct, 2011
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
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
23rd Sep, 2011
You can replace the white bread with rolled oats, and it's very tasty too!
19th Sep, 2011
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.
14th Sep, 2011
Fantastic dish - will be making more of this soon. My friends love it and it is so easy to make.
4th Sep, 2011
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
26th Aug, 2011
Enjoyed this recipe however would leave off topping next time !
21st Aug, 2011
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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