Hello! Welcome to my blog. I have been talking about starting this blog for about a year now... so I am really excited to finally be writing my first post. This weekend was seriously wet and windy and I had the house to myself... sooo I finally got my camera out and got cooking! I have only really cooked a few South African recipes before, but one that I love and always go back to is Bobotie (pronounced Ba-boor-tea). It is not actually a dish I grew up eating regularly at home, but I have made it a lot since I left and it goes down really well with friends and family. It is South Africa's national dish and a really good example of the different influences that make up South African food (Dutch - ground meat, Malay - spices, reminiscent of English Shepherd's pie or Greek Moussaka) and it tastes so goooood!
This is a recipe that my mom shared with me a few years ago and I have been cooking ever since. It might look like a long list of ingredients, but the spices are all used regularly in South African cooking, so won't go to waste.
Bobotie Recipe (Serves 6-8)
1kg Minced Beef
1 Tbsp Vegetable or Sunflower Oil
3 Onions, Sliced
1/2 tsp Ground Allspice
2 Cloves of Garlic, crushed
1 Green Chilli, finely chopped
Salt, to taste
1 tsp Peppercorns
3 Bay Leaves
2 level Tbsp Curry Powder
1 tsp Turmeric
1 Slice of White Bread
1/2 cup Milk
3 Tbsp Sweet Chutney
40ml Tamarind or Lemon Juice
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
Preheat the oven to 180 deg C. Pour the milk into a bowl and soak the slice of bread in it. Heat the oil in a saucepan, and add the sliced onions along with the allspice, cloves, garlic, chilli, salt, peppercorns, bay leaves, turmeric and curry powder. Cook until your onions start to soften. Add the mince and simmer for 10 mins.
Squeeze the milk out of the bread and add it to the mince mixture to bind and thicken (Keep the milk to use later). Whisk one of the eggs and fold into the mince mixture, stirring constantly.
Add the tamarind, chutney and sugar and mix it all together. Taste to ensure a sweet & sour taste is achieved.
Pour the mixture into a large oven dish. Whisk the remaining eggs with the leftover milk and pour it over the mince. Bake for 30 mins.
I like to serve it with yellow rice (which I will share in another post), chutney and a simple sambal salad. You can also serve it with sliced banana and desiccated coconut.
Bobotie freezes well. I sometimes double the ingredients, and then at the point of pouring the mixture into the oven dish, I put half in a freezer bag, to use later. Just defrost and then finish the last step.