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Bobotie recipe

The Ultimate South African Bobotie Recipe

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Daleen van der Merwe's tasty bobotie recipe brings back the authentic tastes of home for many South Africans

  • Makes : 6-8 |
  • Difficulty:

  • Prep Time : 10 mins |
  • Cook Time : 40 mins
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  • 2 onions, sliced
  • sunflower oil or butter
  • 1 kg minced meat (mutton, beef or leftover cold, grilled meat)
  • 1 slice bread
  • ½ C (125 ml) milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tsp (20 ml) medium curry powder
  • 4 tsp (20 ml) chutney
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) salt
  • ½ tsp (2.5 ml) freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) turmeric
  • ½ tsp (2.5 ml) ground coriander
  • ½ tsp (2.5 ml) ground cumin
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) vinegar or juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, coarsely grated (optional)
  • 10 almonds
  • ½ C (125 ml) seedless raisins

Topping

  • 4 bay or lemon leaves
  • ½ C (125 ml) milk
  • 1 egg

 

How to make bobotie

Preheat the oven to 180 ºC.

Fry the onions lightly in hot cooking oil or butter and, if uncooked meat is used, fry with the onions until slightly cooked and crumbly. Soak the bread in the milk for 5 minutes. Squeeze to remove the milk and mash the bread.

Mix the fried onions, meat and mashed bread with the rest of the ingredients, except the topping ingredients. Spoon the mixture into a greased oven dish. Roll up the bay or lemon leaves and insert in an upright position into the meat mixture.

Bake for 30 minutes if uncooked meat is used and for 10 minutes if cooked meat is used. Beat the milk and egg together and pour over the half-cooked meat. Bake for another 30 minutes.

Serve with rice, poppadums and sambals.

If you liked this traditional bobotie recipe why don’t you try this vegetable bobotie recipe next time