Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Recipe: Bobotie

Bobotie is one of South Africa's most famous dishes- although I'm sure a lot of us Brits have never heard of it. It is a curry spiced beef mince, topped with a baked savoury egg topping. If i could compare it to anything else, perhaps it is a little like a moussaka- but to be honest this dish is very unique, you just have to try it for yourself. It does sound odd but it is absolutely delicious. Alike meatloaf, it is also fabulous eaten cold the next day/ in sandwiches. Mind you, when I made this for me and my boyfriend it was just too good, there weren't any leftovers, ha-ha.

This was my mother in laws proper version that Marina made when we were on holiday in the Isle of Wight, the recipe is based on the recipe she described to me, probably with a few little differences:
And heres' my attempt at it! I'm not sure, but i think i'd make a good ol' springbok, haha :)
Bobotie (serves 3)

1 thick slice white bread
25g butter
1 red onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
500g beef mince
20g curry powder (I used Schwartz Mild Curry Powder- if possible use South African Raja curry powder for a more authentic flavour)
½ tsp turmeric
½ tsp mixed herbs
2 bay leaves
Pinch mixed spice
1 ripe banana, diced
40g raisins or sultanas
20g desiccated coconut
Salt and pepper to taste
3 medium eggs
200ml whole milk (plus a little extra for soaking)
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat oven to 190C. Pour milk over bread and leave to soak, and pour some water over raisins to soak. In an ovenproof casserole pot, fry onions and garlic in the butter for 6 minutes. Add the curry powder and turmeric, and fry for a further minute.
2. Add the beef and cook for a further 10 minutes. Add the banana, soaked raisins, desiccated coconut, bay leaves, bread (squeeze the excess milk off and tear into the mix), mixed herbs and cook for a further 15 minutes. Remove the bay leaves, take off the heat, season to taste, and press the beef mixture down evenly, and allow at least 2 hours for the beef mixture to cool and settle.
3. Mix together the eggs and milk (and a little salt and pepper), and pour over beef mixture. Bake in oven for 40 minutes, and then grill for 2 more minutes until the topping is golden. Serve, with yellow rice and your favourite chutney (I served it here with a sweet pepper and chilli chutney)

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