Mum’s Bobotie Recipe

It’s high time that I fed your minds with some African food!

Let’s start in South Africa with Bobotie.

Bobotie to westerners can be defined as a spicy egg topped meatloaf.

To Japanese, I would say that it is an African take on dry curry. The dish has it’s roots in the Dutch East India colonies and the Cape Malay peoples of South Africa.
To me it’s yummy, pure + simple.

This recipe for the oven rather than a potjie and taken from my memory of my Mum’s version with some advice of my own but every mamma has her own ideas on this.

2 slices of stale white bread
(use normal white if you don’t have stale bread)
sunflower oil

1 onion, thinly sliced
a couple of pinches of crushed chillies
a couple of pinches of ground cloves
a dessert spoon of curry powder

a teaspoon of garam masala (my addition, mum didnt do this)

a teaspoon of turmeric
salt to taste

500g of lean steak mince (mum would use this or lamb mince)

lemon juice

a handful of rasins (optional, I dint add raisins)

a tablespoon of sugar
1 egg

Ingredients for the Topping
2 eggs lightly beaten
150ml milk

bay leaves to garnish

Soak the bread in water for 10 mins, then squeeze out excess liquid. Heat oil in a large saucepan and fry onion until slightly golden and transparent. Chuck in the spices, salt and mince, stir and continue to fry on a medium heat for 15mins or so. Add in some lemon juice, raisins if you want them, sugar and mix some more for a further 10 mins. Take off the heat, stir in the soaked bread and egg. Spoon mixture into an oven proof dish and bake in the oven at 160° for 30 mins. Remove from oven and rest. Beat eggs together with milk and salt and pour over bobotie. Add bay leaves and bake for another 10-15 mins at 180°. Serve with yellow rice and salad.

To celebrate the opening of “The Worship Kitchen” page, I would like to host a small food related giveaway.

I am offering this cute set of egg moulds up for the grabbing.
All you have to do is leave a comment on this page saying that you would like to enter.
Giveaway closes at 7pm BST on the 22nd September 2010