Monday, 29 March 2010


Bobotie is a minced beef oven dish with Malay influence from South Africa. I was introduced to it by Dutchman, who often cooks this (out of a Knorr packet) when it's his turn in the kitchen.This time, I thought I'd make it "from scratch".


500g mince beef
1 large onion, finely chopped
200ml milk
2 slices brown bread (without crusts)
45g powdered English oxtail soup
1/2 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
1 tablespoon apricot jam
1 egg
1/2 tablespoon mustard
handful of raisins
large knob of butter

1) Soak the bread in 70ml of the milk.
2) Sauté the onion with the butter until soft. Then, add the mince, bread, ginger and curry powder.
3) When the mince is almost done, add raisins and the jam. Mix and then add the powdered English Oxtail soup. After around 5 minutes, season with pepper to taste.
4) Whilst waiting, use a fork to mix the egg and the leftover milk. Add mustard, turmeric, salt and pepper (to taste). Throw half of the mixture into the mince(turn off the heat before that) and mix.
5) Scoop the mince into an oven dish and flatten it. Try to make it as even as possible and pour the leftover egg mixture on top. Finally, put it in a 180 C oven for about 30 minutes.

I served it with basmati rice.

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