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15m 45m 2-Pretty easy 71
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Forked by budge on 13 July 2008 (0 descendants)
Forked from Darkwing (1 ancestor)

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The national dish of South Africa.


Makes 6 servings

  • 500 g mutton or lamb mince
  • 1 thick cut slice of white bread
  • 375 ml (1½) cups milk
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • ½ tsp grated ginger root
  • ½ tsp coriander, crushed
  • ½ tsp cumin, crushed
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp ground tumeric
  • butter for frying
  • 2 eggs
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup, ± 50g, sultanas or raisins
  • 1/3 cup, ± 50g, slivered almonds (optional)
  • ⅓ cup Mrs Balls chutney
  • 4 - 6 bay leaves
  • ½ tsp ground coriander (optional)

Preparation (Some HTML is OK)

1. Soak bread in half the milk. Squeeze out and retain excess milk. Crumble bread and mix with mince together with garam masalar and tumeric.
2.Saute onion, garlic and ginger in butter with crushed coriander and cumin. Set aside when golden.
3. Braise meat until colour changes. Remove from heat then add fried onion, 1 egg, lemon juice, salt, half the remaining milk, sultanas, almonds and chutney. Mix well.
4.Pour mixture into greased oven dish. Beat together 1 egg and remaining milk and pour over meat mixture.
5. Press bay leaves or fresh lemon leaves into bobotie then sprinkle with ground coriander.
6. Bake at 180° C until golden brown (±45 minutes). Serve with yellow rice and salad.

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Comments (6)

  • fjordaan said on 06 Feb 2008:

    Yay for the first bobotie recipe on Forkd!

  • snowcrash said on 07 Feb 2008:

    my mum used to cook me this, but she added banana. Yummy.

  • fjordaan said on 21 Feb 2008:

    Another common addition is sprinkling coconut on top. Weird that Ms Balls chutney is now owned by Unilever, and can be bought in any UK supermarket.

  • Darkwing (recipe author) said on 10 Mar 2008:

    Is the UK Mr's Balls still imported from SA? It used to be only available at Fortnum & Mason back in the 70's & 80's.

  • fjordaan said on 10 Mar 2008:

    I doubt they're still imported. It's priced competitively with other chutneys in the supermarket. We always have some in the house. And would you believe it -- the cap still says "Skud die bottel".

  • Lyndon said on 13 Mar 2008:

    Any one know if you can get Mr's Balls in Australia?

    Lyndon tried this and rated it 5 stars

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