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Bobotie is a traditional South African dish. This sweet, aromatic mince casserole, served with rice, coconut, chutney, toasted almonds and banana slices is ideal for a cold winter’s evening – comfort food at its best.

Serves up to eight people

4 tsp oil (or butter)
2 onions, sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tsp turmeric
1 Tbsp curry powder
1 kg raw mince
2 slices crust-less bread, small pieces (soaked in a bit of milk)
1 cup dried apricot, chopped
1 cup apple, grated
½ cup sultanas
3 Tbsp chutney
2 Tbsp brown vinegar
2 tsp dried vegetable stock (MSG-free), mixed with water
1 tsp black pepper
3 eggs
1 ½ cup milk
½ tsp salt
½ tsp turmeric
5 bay leaves (fresh or dried)


  1. Heat oil in a large pan and fry onions and garlic until soft.
  2. Add turmeric and curry powder and mix with onions and garlic.
  3. Add mince, bread, apricots, apple, sultanas, chutney, vinegar, almonds, stock and black pepper and mix well.
  4. Cook over low heat, stirring regularly, until cooked.
  5. Spoon into a greased, 28 x 16 cm baking dish and level the top. Press mince down firmly.
  6. Beat eggs and milk together and add salt and turmeric.
  7. Pour over meat mixture and put a few bay leaves on top. Stand dish in a larger pan of water (to prevent dish from drying out) and bake, uncovered, at 180 degrees Celsius for 45 minutes or until set.

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