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South African Bobotie


"A classic South African entree. While not particularly spicy, the dish has complex flavors with the sweetness of raisins contrasting the curry. Serve with yellow rice."
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1 h 30 m servings 230 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat; add onion and saute until browned, about 5 minutes. Add ground beef to onion and saute until browned, about 5 minutes.
  3. Soak bread in 1/4 cup milk in a small bowl, mash, and add to ground beef mixture; stir in 1/2 of beaten egg, raisins, vinegar, sugar, turmeric, salt, curry powder, and ground black pepper.
  4. Transfer beef mixture to glass baking dish; insert bay leaves.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Whisk remaining 1/2 egg and remaining 1/4 cup milk together in a small bowl; pour over meat mixture and return to oven for 30 minutes.
  6. Serve with chutney.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Mutton can be substituted for the ground beef.
  • Lemon juice can be substituted for the vinegar.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 230 calories; 12.5 g fat; 14.5 g carbohydrates; 15.1 g protein; 75 mg cholesterol; 467 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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I served this with yellow saffron spanish rice and chutney and it was amazing. I live with a south african and she says it was perfect!

I'm no expert cook but I'm South African ! Wonderful dish, I substituted the raisins ( eeuuww ! ) for canned sliced peaches & used the sweet juices instead of adding sugar. I like the adding of ...