Traditional South African Bobotie


You either love it or hate it but Bobotie is firmly tied up in our South African roots! A delicious curried mince dish with a fruity sweetness makes for a great traditional family meal 🙂

2 onions, finely chopped

3 Tablespoons olive oil

3 slices of white bread soaked in milk (enough to cover the bread)

2 Eggs

3/4 C milk

2 or 3 bay leaves

Group A 

15 mls (1 tbsp) curry powder

30 mls (2 tbsp) ground ginger

30mls (2 tbsp) brown sugar

15mls (1 tbsp) ground tumeric

10mls (2 tsp) salt

5ml (1 tsp) freshly ground pepper

Group B 

100g raisons

30 mls (2 tbsp) apricot jam

30 mls (2 tbsp) vinegar

60 mls (4 tbsp) chutney

30 mls (2 tbsp) Worchester sauce

30 mls ( 2tbsp) tomato paste

– Soak the bread in enough milk to cover the 3 slices and set aside for later.

– Fry the onions in the oil until the onions are just soft and have some colour. Add the group A ingredients to the onion mixture and stir for 1 minute. Add the mince and fry together until the spices are well incorporated and the mince has just changed colour.

– Add the ingredients of group B and mix well, stirring for a few minutes until the mince has cooked through. Take it off the heat and let it cool down a bit. Once it has cooled a bit you can add the soaked bread (squeeze out any excess milk first).  Mix well.

– Put the meat mixture into an oven proof dish.

– Beat the eggs and milk together and pour it over the Bobotie. Place the bay leaves on top (they will float around, thats ok).

– Bake at 180 C For 45 minutes or until nice and golden on top.

Serve with yellow rice and mixed veggies.

Recipe from Candice (Monica)

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