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Bobotie South African Casserole

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Bobotie (pronounced ba-boor-tea) is a much-loved casserole with curried ground beef at the bottom and a thin layer of egg custard on top, that originated in South Africa in the 17th century. Bobotie is recognized as South Africa's national dish. With spice influences introduced by the Cape Malay community, who are descendants of Indonesia and Malaysia.
For bobotie, a mixture is first prepared from beef mince, onion, ginger and garlic, then flavoured with curry paste, numerous spices, sultanas, and sweet mango chutney for a delicious finish, before being filled into a casserole dish, poured with custard cream and baked in the oven until golden and crispy. The result should be a balance between spicy and sweet with a fruity note.

  • 1 Dinner roll, cut into smaller pieces
  • 180 g Whole milk
  • 1 Large onion, peeled and diced
  • 20 g Ginger root, peeled and minced
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 Garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 800 g Beef mince
  • 2 tbsp Madras curry paste
  • 1 tsp Dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cloves, ground
  • 1/3 tsp Allspice, ground
  • 2 tbsp Mango chutney
  • 3 tbsp Sultanas
  • 2 tbsp Lime juice
  • 6 Bay leaves
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • 2 Large eggs
  1. Heat oven to 180C/350F. Pour the milk over the bread and set aside to soak.
  2. Meanwhile, fry the chopped onion and ginger in the butter, stirring regularly for 5 minutes until they are soft and starting to colour. Add the garlic and beef mince and stir well, breaking up mince with a wooden spoon, for 10 minutes or until browned.
  3. Stir in the curry paste, thyme, spices, chutney, sultanas, lime juice and 2 of the bay leaves with 1 tsp salt and plenty of freshly milled black pepper. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Squeeze the milk from the bread, saving the milk for the topping. Add the bread to the meat mixture and stir until well blended.
  5. Transfer beef mixture to an ovenproof baking dish, pressing down on the mixture to create a flat surface.
  6. Whisk together the reserved milk and eggs, and season. Pour over the meat and top with the remaining bay leaves. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the topping is set and starting to turn golden. Serve with extra chutney, a side salad and rice if desired.

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Tom 13/2/24 13:19

...this is a beautiful spicy delight!

David M. Gascoigne, 13/2/24 13:31

This dish was almost universally on the menu when we visited South Africa. Back then we ate much more meat and had it a couple of times. It was pretty good too.

Brian's Home Blog 13/2/24 14:07

That sure does look good, let's eat!

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 13/2/24 14:20

Wow this is a hearty meal everyone will love here!

Lola Martínez 13/2/24 14:45

Un buen pastel de carne, original para mi que no lo conocía. Para una reunión va muy bien, pues sale una buena cantidad. Lo encuentro muy bueno y así voy conociendo algo de cocina internacional.

Rainbow Evening 13/2/24 15:40

great meal.... wish to try it...

Norma2 13/2/24 16:24

I think Angie is delicious. I see that you have 2 preparations that we already know. When I read it I saw that it said custard in the translation. I thought it couldn't be. I kept reading and I see that it is what is called "flirting" around here and it is used to join ingredients: eggs, milk or cream and condiments.

foodtravelandwine 13/2/24 17:11

WOW!! looks delicious and very healthy!!!!.......Abrazotes, Marcela

Pam 13/2/24 18:56

It looks hearty, filling, and tasty. Love your polka dot fork.

Cooking Julia 13/2/24 23:36

Such a great South African dish!

Valentina 13/2/24 23:48

This one is new to me and I love everything about it. Thank you! :-) ~Valentina

Lowcarb team member 14/2/24 01:48

So yummy, lovely flavours.

All the best Jan

Julie 14/2/24 05:26

Wow !! Beautiful bobotie, looks so rich and delicious, Angie :)

DEZMOND 14/2/24 09:54

It is nicely glazed on top.

eileeninmd 14/2/24 10:48

Looks delicious, a hearty casserole. Thanks for sharing.
Take care, have a wonderful day!

JoAnna 14/2/24 12:18

I haven't eaten casseroles for a long time... Why don't I make vege lasagna today?

Jeff the Chef 14/2/24 15:14

Good gosh this sounds interesting! I've heard the name before, but I had no idea what the ingredients were. Wow! A must-try, for sure!

LoveT. 14/2/24 20:12

This South African Meal looks delicious. Great Pics! I am a new Follower. :) Many Greetings from Vienna

Raymund | 14/2/24 20:53

Sounds like bubble tea 😁
On a serious note, your recipe captures the essence of this South African classic perfectly. Yum

Frank | Memorie di Angelina 14/2/24 21:59

Now I've heard of this dish but have never had a chance to try it. I'll have to remedy that soon since I've got the recipe! Something tells me this would be less received in this house.

Grace 15/2/24 06:03

Sin duda, una fina exquisitez Angie!
Gracias por compartir!

Mbul Kecil 15/2/24 06:19 makes me feel hungry now...the aroma must be smell so good....i like everything about baked dish...

Javier 15/2/24 10:22

I've never seen this recipe before. Looks so yummy!

By the way, about your question, the pearls are made made with water, organic black garlic 20%, organic sea salt, stabilizer (sodium alginate), acidifier (citric acid), stabilizer (xanthan gum) and organic spices (rosemary). By the way, thank you for your kind comments

Breathtaking 15/2/24 10:36

Hello Angie :=) This recipe seems easy to make, and with all the wonderful ingredients must be a very delicious casserole. Ha ha, those two quotes made me smile, and they are so true!:=)
All the best

[Reply] 15/2/24 14:16

I have no idea what some of these ingredients are but it sure looks delicious!

Veronica Lee 15/2/24 15:11

Looks so hearty and yummy! 😋

Happy Thursday, Angie!

My name is Erika. 16/2/24 01:43

This sounds delicious, a different type of shepard's pie. Well, not exactly but on the same line of though.

The Velvet Runway 16/2/24 14:51

This looks yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe - I can't wait to try it.
Julia x

DeniseinVA 16/2/24 16:50

I have heard of Bobotie but this is the first time I have seen it. Looks great Angie!

Federica Simoni 17/2/24 16:46

Non conoscevo questo piatto, sembra buonissimo!

Anonymous 18/2/24 06:29

This takes me back to my visit to South Africa. it’s an absolutely wonderful dish, and great for sharing with friends. David (C&L)

Eva Taylor 18/2/24 15:17

This is one of my most favourite casseroles, the flavours are just out of this world. Your recipe has a lot more ingredients than mine so I'll have to give this a go when we're back home.

Judee 18/2/24 21:30

What a hearty interesting looking casserole. The flavors sound amazing.


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