Bobotee (South Africa)
Serves 4 to 6.
This may be considered the national dish of South Africa, although
it is commonly thought that it arrived there with Malaysian immigrants
during the 17th century.
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
medium onions, chopped
1 large slice white bread
1 cup milk
2 pound ground beef or lamb
Salt and freshly-ground pepper, to
3 teaspoons curry powder, or to taste
1 tablespoon brown
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup chopped almonds, plus more
1/4 cup golden raisins (sultanas)
1/2 cup chopped
Granny Smith or other tart apple
3 bay (laurel) leaves
1 medium onion, sliced and separated into rings
- Heat the oil in a sauté pan over moderate heat and sauté the
chopped onions until tender but not brown, about 5 minutes. Reserve.
- Soak the milk in the bread. Squeeze the milk from the bread
and reserve both the bread and the milk. Combine the onions, bread,
meat, salt, pepper, curry powder, brown sugar, lemon juice, chopped
almonds, raisins, apple and 1 egg in a large bowl, mixing well with
- Place the meat mixture in a greased 3-quart casserole
or baking dish and bake uncovered in a preheated 250 degree F oven
for 30 minutes.
- Mix together the 2 remaining eggs, the reserved
milk, and the bay leaves and pour over the meat mixture. Decorate
with onion rings and extra almonds. Raise the oven temperature to
350 degrees F and bake an additional 45 minutes.