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Traditional South African Babotie

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April 27, 2014 / African / By
Nicola

 

 

Food from all over the globe is incredibly popular at the moment, especially Thai, Indian, Chinese, Caribbean, Mexican and more. However, not much is known about traditional African food, which is a shame as it's so varied, and it's so simple to make. Here I'd like to share a traditional babotie recipe. Babotie is a South African dish which has been passed down through the generations, and my mother has passed it on to me. It really is a taste of my childhood!

Essentially, babotie is baked mince (similar to meatloaf) with a fruity twist. Traditionally, it is served with a layer of cooked egg on the top, but I much prefer the version without the egg! This recipe serves 8 people; the preparation time is around half an hour, and it cooks for 50 minutes.

 

Ingredients:

1 kg minced beef

1 onion, finely chopped

125 ml (1/2 cup) seedless raisins

125 ml (1/2 cup) almonds (optional)

1 tablespoon apricot jam

1 tablespoon fruit chutney

1 slice of white bread

2 teaspoons oil

125 ml milk (add another 125 ml if you want to make the eggy topping)

25 ml lemon juice

2 teaspoons curry powder

1 teaspoon turmeric

salt for seasoning

If you do want to make the traditional egg topping, you will also need 3 eggs.

 

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180º C (350º F).

Soak the bread in 125 ml milk for a few minutes, then lift the bread and squeeze all the milk out of it. In a large bowl, mix this bread with the mince.

Add in all the other ingredients, except for the oil (and the rest of the milk and eggs) and mix well.

Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the mixture. Cook until it has just browned all over. Place it in a casserole dish.

If you wanted to make the egg layer for the top, now's the time to do it. Beat the eggs and the rest of the milk together, then simply pour it over the meat in the casserole dish.

Place it in the oven and bake for about 50 minutes, or until set.

Once it's ready, remove it from the oven, serve, and enjoy! In my opinion it goes best with boiled rice and green veg, but have fun trying out your own side dishes to this meal.

 

Babotie is a brilliant meal for preparing in advance and freezing for future use. Freeze any extra before you cook it, then when you're ready to use it, defrost it completely before baking.

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