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Bobotie 600
Serves 4

1 slice of bread (ideally wholemeal)
250ml milk
2 medium onions, diced
1 tbsp olive oil
1kg lean beef mince
1 tbsp Madras curry paste or curry powder
juice 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper
1/3 cup raisins or sultanas
2 tbsp flaked almonds (optional)
5 lime or lemon leaves or fresh bay leaves
4 eggs, lightly beaten
green beans, to serve
baked sweet potatoes, to serve
tomato salad, to serve


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Break up the bread using your fingers. Put it in a small bowl and pour over the milk. Allow to stand and soak.
  • Gently sauté the onions in the olive oil over a medium heat for about 8 minutes, until soft and translucent. Add in the minced beef. Stir well to break up any lumps and cook until lightly brown. Stir in the curry paste or powder and mix well. Season with lemon juice, salt and pepper, then mix through the raisins, the flaked almonds and the soaked bread.
  • Pour the beef mixture into a baking dish and spread it out evenly. Place the lime or bay leaves on top and gently pour over the eggs.
  • Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until it’s hot and bubbling around the edges.
  • Serve with green beans, baked sweet potatoes and a tomato salad.

The Ish Factor:
Curry powder is in fact a British invention. In India, a vast array of spice blends are used, the closest to our Western curry powder being sambar powder. Curry powders available in supermarkets tend to be pretty standard and come in mild, medium and hot versions. Curry powder is great as a seasoning to add a little kick to a dish without overpowering it. Use in conjunction with other spices for your Indian cooking.

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