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Bobotie

Bobotie is a slightly sweet, spiced minced dish. The Cape Malay Bobotie recipe is a traditional version that makes a spicy, slightly sweet dish, with a very light curry flavor.

BobotieBobotie is a slightly sweet, spiced minced dish. The Cape Malay Bobotie recipe is a traditional version that makes a spicy, slightly sweet dish, with a very light curry flavor.

Bobotie Filling Ingredients:

  • 1 lb beef, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 slices white bread, stale with crusts removed
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • Half tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • Half tsp salt

Bobotie Topping:

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Half cup milk
  • bay leaves or lemon leaves for garnishing

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Soak the bread in water for 10 minutes, squeeze out the excess and then crumble.
  3. In a large frying pan, heat the oil and braise the onion until golden.
  4. Break the two eggs into a large bowl and beat lightly. Mix in the mince
  5. Add the onion mixture from the frying pan, the hot water, lemon juice, crumbled bread, turmeric and sugar to the mince, mixing well.
  6. Spoon the mixture into a well-greased, oven-proof dish and bake for 40 minutes, or until golden brown and then remove from the oven.

Topping

  1. Combine the other egg with the milk and beat well.
  2. Pour the mixture over the bobotie and arrange the bay/lemon leaves as garnish.
  3. Return to the oven and bake at 350o F for 10 minutes, or until the topping is set.

Serve the Bobotie with a large salad and rice.

5 Responses to “Bobotie”

  1. candy Says:

    This is a very good Bobotie recipe – not too spicey, just right.

  2. CELESTE Says:

    Great basic Bobotie recipe, but just don’t forget that the one thing that is a must in a Bobotie is raisins. Add one cup raisins and one tablespoon apricot jam to the dish. Serve with yellow rice. This is a really yummy dish…

  3. Chantel Says:

    Lovely recipe, but a traditional babotie always has raisins and apricot jam in.

  4. backpacker south africa Says:

    Had this meal the other day which was so good I had to come get a recipe so I could try it again

  5. Steven L. Edwards Says:

    I have also heard that this dish – Bobotie – can be cooked [baked] in a Pumpkin. Any thoughts?