Traditional bobotie

Traditional Bobotie

Traditional bobotie and yellow rice: Your auntie’s favourite

A traditional family meal that keeps your heart and soul warm and cosy. A traditional bobotie is a crowd-pleaser any day of the week.

Traditional bobotie

Traditional Bobotie

South Africa isn’t just about eating food from all around the world. We have some incredible local food and we love this one so much. Bobotie is a great South African dish that originated in the Western Cape. It’s the tasty combination of curried beef mince, topped with an egg crust, making a great, unique casserole. Traditional bobotie is a great meal to enjoy with your family any day of the week, especially during the upcoming winter months.

Making your traditional bobotie

When browning the beef mince in the pot, don’t overcrowd it because it will boil. This browning process or maillard reaction gives the mince some great flavour and adds to the whole dish. The recipe is also flavoured with apricot jam and provides some sweetness with the rest of the savoury dish. To make yellow rice, mix in a teaspoon of turmeric with your fluffy white rice.

A traditional family meal that keeps your heart and soul warm and cosy. A traditional bobotie is a crowd-pleaser any day of the week.

Traditional bobotie and yellow rice recipe

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Recipe by Melissa Jacobs Course: DinnerCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

25

minutes
Total time

40

minutes

You simply must try this the time-honoured South African way, served with sweet potatoes, yellow rice and chutney.

Ingredients

  • 2 diced onions

  • 25 ml butter

  • 250 ml milk

  • 1 kg lean beef mince

  • 10 ml salt

  • 1 ml pepper

  • 20 ml mild curry powder

  • 10 ml sugar

  • 12.5 ml white vinegar

  • 12.5 ml apricot jam

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 tsp turmeric

  • 3 tbsp chutney

  • 2 slices white bread

Method

  • Soak the bread in the milk. Squeeze out the milk and put aside.
  • In a frying pan melt the butter and fry the onions. Add the mince and brown the meat. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Mix the rest of the ingredients together, except one egg.
  • Add the wet bread and the apricot mixture to the mince.
  • Pour the mixture into a greased oven dish.
  • Mix the egg with the milk. Pour over the bobotie.
  • Bake for 1 hour at 150°C.

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