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Delicious Traditional Bobotie By Epicurious

Delicious Traditional Bobotie By Epicurious

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This would be a hot contender for South Africa's national dish! The recipe was selected for an international recipe book published in 1951 by the United Nations Organisation.

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Delicious Traditional Bobotie By Epicurious
Yields8 Servings
Prep Time20 minsCook Time1 hrTotal Time1 hr 20 mins

Bobotie is a Cape-Malay creation, and they spice it up even more with cumin, coriander and cloves. 

There are many local variations, but the idea is that the mince should be tender and creamy in texture, which means long, slow cooking. Early cooks added a little tamarind water; lemon rind and juice is a more modern adaptation.

 minced lamb or beef, or a mixture of the two
 2 onions, chopped
 2 ml crushed garlic(1/2 teaspoon)
 15 ml curry powder(1 tablespoon)
 5 ml ground turmeric(1 teaspoon)
 2 slices bread, crumbled
 60 ml milk(1/4 cup)
 finely grated rind and juice of 1/2 small lemon
 1 egg
 5 ml salt, milled black pepper(1 teaspoon)
 100 g dried apricots, chopped(3 ounces)
 1 Granny Smith apple peeled, cored and chopped
 50 g slivered almonds,(1 1/2 ounces) roasted in a dry frying pan
 6 lemon, orange, or bay leaves
TOPPING
 250 ml milk
 2 eggs
 2 ml or (1/2 teaspoon) salt

Ingredients

 minced lamb or beef, or a mixture of the two
 2 onions, chopped
 2 ml crushed garlic(1/2 teaspoon)
 15 ml curry powder(1 tablespoon)
 5 ml ground turmeric(1 teaspoon)
 2 slices bread, crumbled
 60 ml milk(1/4 cup)
 finely grated rind and juice of 1/2 small lemon
 1 egg
 5 ml salt, milled black pepper(1 teaspoon)
 100 g dried apricots, chopped(3 ounces)
 1 Granny Smith apple peeled, cored and chopped
 50 g slivered almonds,(1 1/2 ounces) roasted in a dry frying pan
 6 lemon, orange, or bay leaves
TOPPING
 250 ml milk
 2 eggs
 2 ml or (1/2 teaspoon) salt
Delicious Traditional Bobotie By Epicurious

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