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Family bobotie

Family bobotie

  • Serves: 4 - 6
  • Difficulty: medium
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    For the meat layer
    3 slices white bread, crusts removed, cubed
    250 ml milk
    15 ml olive oil
    15 g butter
    2 onions, finely chopped
    2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    2 tbsp curry powder
    1 tsp dried organum
    1 tsp cumin
    1 tsp turmeric
    1 kg lean beef mince
    ½ cup fruit chutney
    1 tbsp apricot jam
    4 tbsp tomato paste

    For the rice layer
    1 cup Spekko Long Grain Parboiled Rice
    10 ml turmeric powder
    1 cinnamon stick
    1 tbsp butter
    1 tbsp brown sugar
    50 g raisins

    For the egg layer
    2 eggs
    3 bay leaves


    1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C and grease an oven-proof dish for the bobotie, approximately 23 x 33 cm, oval or rectangle.
    2. To make the meat layer – soak the bread in milk, set aside.
    3. Heat the olive oil and butter in a pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and continue for a further 5 minutes.
    4. Add the curry powder, organum, cumin and turmeric. Sauté for a further minute or so, until fragrant.
    5. Add the beef mince and cook, stirring, until broken up and brown.
    6. In a bowl, mix together the chutney, jam and tomato paste. Add it to the mince with salt and pepper.
    7. Squeeze the milk out of the bread and add the torn-up bread to the mince. Keep the milk for the egg mixture. Stir to combine well. Set aside.
    8. To make the rice layer – cook the rice according to the packet instructions, adding turmeric, cinnamon stick and a pinch of salt to the water.
    9. Once cooked, stir through the butter, brown sugar and raisins, and set aside.
    10. For the egg layer – whisk together the reserved milk, eggs and a pinch of salt.
    11. To assemble – press the rice into the base of the dish. Spreading and pressing it down evenly.
    12. Then tip the meat mixture in, spreading it evenly.
    13. Lastly, pour over the egg mixture. Garnish with the 3 bay leaves and season with black pepper.
    14. Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes – until the top is set.

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