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I Love This and That: bobotie... proudly south-african

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

bobotie... proudly south-african

I think every South-African girl should be able to make and bake some of the traditional South African food... and if you not South-African you should just try it, guaranteeing that you'll love this one!

Bobotie (pronounced /b’bo ti/) is a South African dish consisting of spiced minced meat baked with an egg-based topping.  The recipe is likely to have originated from the Dutch East India Company colonies in Batavia, with the name derived from the Indonesian Bobotok. Afterwards, it was taken to South Africa and adopted by the Cape Malay community. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobotie)

What you need 
1/2 cup      dried apricots
1/3 cup      pitted raisins
1/2 cup      dried apple rings
500g          mince
1 slice         white bread
 2 cups        milk
3 large        eggs
1 large        onion (chopped)
2 Tbs          butter
3 tsp           curry powder
2 Tbs          sugar
2 Tbs          vinegar
2 tsp           salt
1/2 tsp       black pepper
3                 bay leaves
handful      blanched almonds

Pre heat oven 180°C

Cover the apricots, raisons and apples with water and leave to soak till they swell (for a different taste you can also soak the fruit in lemon juice instead of water)

Soak bread in 100ml of milk
Mix the mince and the bread together and place one side

Braise the onion in butter till soft, then add the curry powder and stir for another minute over the heat
Now add the sugar, vinegar, salt, and pepper and mix
Drain the fruit (keeping the water) then chop it roughly and add to the mixture in the pan along with the drained water
Simmer for about 5 minutes till mixture starts thickening

Whisk left over milk (400ml) and eggs together

Remove from the heat and mix fruit mixture with the mince
Spoon into ovenproof dish 
Push the almonds and bay leaves half way into the mixture and pour the milk mixture over

Bake for 45 – 50 min (or till firm and the milk mixture on top is golden brown)

Bobotie is usually served with salad and yellow rice, but I like serving it with a green salad and basmati rice. 

 Lekker eet! :-)


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