Bobotie – South African casserole

Probably the oldest dish in South Africa. The recipe appeared in 1609 in a Dutch cookbook, has its origins in Indonesia.



1kg mince (lamb, beef or pork)

1 large onion

30 ml butter or oil

1 thick slice of bread soaked in milk

250 ml milk

12,5 ml curry powder

5 ml turmeric

3 eggs

6 lemon leaves

190 ml seeded raisins or sultanas

62 ml lemon juice

15 ml apricot jam or chutney

Salt & pepper

1 clove of garlic (crushed)

190 ml white wine


Saute onion in butter or oil. Mix all ingredients except 2 eggs, milk and lemon leaves. Turn into greased oven dish and stick lemon leaves on top. Bake 160 C for about 45 minutes. Beat eggs with milk, add salt and pepper to taste, and pour over dish. Bake slowly at 150 C for a further 25 minutes, until set and golden brown. Serve with yellow rice, chutney and banana.

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