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Bobotie recipe - a South African signature dish

Ingredients:1 kg ground beef
1 large onion
1 slice of bread
250 ml (1 cup) milk
2 eggs
12.5 ml (1 tablespoon) curry powder
18.5 ml (1 1/2 tablespoons) sugar
10 ml (2 teaspoons) salt
2.5 ml (1/2 teaspoon) pepper
6 ml (1/2 tablespoon) turmeric
25 ml (2 tablespoons) vinegar or juice of 1 lemon
6 almonds quartered (or small handful of almond slivers)
125 ml (1/2 cup) pitted raisins
4 bay leaves or grated peel of one lemon
37.5 ml (3 tablespoons) chutney or apricot jam


  1. Peel onions, slice thinly and brown in hot oil, butter or lard.  Add ground beef and brown the beef with the onions. Strain any fat off the cooked beef.
  2. Soak the bread in the milk and squeeze milk out again. Crumble the bread.
  3. Mix all ingredients except one egg, 1/2 cup milk and bay leaves.
  4. Add mixture to a greased ovenproof dish and poke the bay leaves upright into the mixture.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  6. Mix rest of egg and remaining 125 ml (1/2 cup) milk and pour over meat mixture and bake for another half hour.
  7. Serve with rice, chutney, sliced banana, plain yoghurt and a sambal of cubed fresh tomato, chopped onion and white vinegar.

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