What Is a South African Bobotie Curry?

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What Is A Bobotie Curry?

In its simplest form, a bobotie curry is baked minced (ground) meat that has an egg and milk topping. Like most curries, a bobotie curry contains spices and the most well-known ingredient is bread. A bobotie curry usually has a mild spice (heat) level.

Where Does The Bobotie Curry Come From?

The bobotie was introduced to South Africa by Dutch colonists in the middle of the 17th century (sometime in the 1650s).

Bobotie was a dish in the Netherlands as far back as 1609.

The inclusion of spices in the bobotie dish is a result of the Dutch East India Company sourcing spices from its territories in Indonesia.

What Is In A Bobotie Curry?

The main ingredient of bobotie is minced (ground) meat. A wide range of meats can be used in a bobotie, with the main ones being mutton, lamb, beef and pork. But you could find a bobotie curry recipe with almost any type of meat – chicken and turkey meats are in an increasing number of recipes.

The most surprising ingredient is probably bread where slices of bread are soaked in water or milk before having the liquid squeezed out (and discarded) before the bread is added to the bobotie.

The usual curry ingredients of onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric, coriander, cumin and coriander feature in most bobotie recipes.

And most boboties contain fruit and/or nuts. Typically, dried fruits such as sultanas, raisins or dried apricots may be in a recipe and almonds are the most common nuts.

To add to the sweet and sour combinations, a bobotie might contain lemon juice or lime juice (to give sourness) along with a sweet chutney, such as mango chutney (to give sweetness).

How to Make a Bobotie Curry

There are usually 8 simple steps to make a bobotie curry:-
• Soak the bread in water or milk
• Heat cooking oil and fry onion, garlic and ginger until the onion is cooked
• Add the spices and fry for a minute or so
• Add the minced/ground meat and fry for a few minutes until the meat is sealed
• Squeeze the liquid out of the bread and then add the bread to the cooked ingredients, along with the other ingredients such as chutney, fruit and nuts
• Put the ingredient mixture into an ovenproof dish
• Mix eggs and milk and then pour the liquid over the top of the ingredients in the ovenproof dish
• Bake the contents of the ovenproof dish in the oven.

Bobotie can be eaten with rice, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salad, chutneys and sambals. In fact, bobotie can be eaten with almost anything.

Where Can I Find Bobotie Curry Recipes?

There is a range of easy bobotie curry recipes on the Curry Focus website.

If you have a favourite bobotie curry recipe then you can share it with us from the new bobotie curry recipe page or you can just email the recipe to us. We will format the recipe and publish it for everyone to see. Don’t forget to give us your name so that we can publish it with the recipe.

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