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A Bobotie is a very common South African dish, especially in the Cape areas.
It is a mix between a spicy beef pie and a curry, this dish is traditionally spicy.
The list of ingredient is rather long but this shouldn't scare you away, most of them are for flavour and added together.
2 tablespoons oil
½ tablespoon butter
500 grams mince (combination of beef and lamb)
or 500 grams of chopped beef.
2 chopped onions, (not too fine)
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 cup grated carrot
1 teaspoon coriander
½ teaspoon ginger
½ cup raisins
½ teaspoon mixed herbs
1 teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 heaped teaspoons curry powder
1 tablespoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon wine vinegar
2 slices white bread soaking in milk
2 lemon leaves
1 cup sour cream or ½ cream + ½ yoghurt
½ teaspoon salt
Start pre-heating the oven at 325 F
Put the butter and the oil in a warm pan and then add the meat.
Regardless the meat you chose you mustn't cook it all the way, just brown it.
This is a fairly quick process in a warm pan so make sure you are ready to add the next ingredients.
Add the onion and stir the meat all time, this is to ensure that the meat is evenly browned.
Turn the heat right down to give you a bit of time to continue.
Add the spices, the garlic, raisins and the carrots.
To make things easier you might want to add the spices while you are stirring.
Remember, the heat must be very low to prevent the spices from burning.
Make sure that everything is mixed properly, give the spices a few seconds to start blending with the meat.
Season with salt, pepper and vinegar or lemon juice to taste.
Mix everything properly again.
Take the bread out of the milk and mash it with a fork on a plate, this will drain a little bit more milk that you can discard.
Add the bread to the meat, unlike a pie the bread does not cover the meat but is rather part of the whole meal.
So, one last time, mix everything, (gently as you don't want to break the bread into too small pieces).
Place everything in an ovenproof dish, place the lemon leaves on top.
Place the dish in the oven for about 20 minutes
Take the dish out of the oven and let it cool down while you do the next step.
Mix the cream and the eggs. Pour the mixture over the meat.
Place the dish in the oven for another 40 minutes.
Remove the lemon leaves before serving.
Serve with yellow rice, chutney, sliced bananas and a diced tomato and onion sambal
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