Comforting Bobotie

There are plenty of different bobotie recipes around but here’s another one anyway. I prefer it lightly spiced with a fruity taste and a very eggy topping. Definitely comfort food for these cold, dark days.


1 onion, finely chopped
1 medium-sized carrot, very finely chopped
1 apple, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
500 g lean beef mince
90 g breadcrumbs – around 2 slices processed
100 g dried apricots, chopped
30 g sultanas
30 g toasted flaked almonds
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp paprika
2 tbsp demerara sugar
2 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp mango chutney
2 tbsp lemon juice
For the topping:
         3 eggs
         150 ml milk

Preheat the oven to 190°C (for a fan oven- a little hotter otherwise). In a large frying pan, fry the onion and carrot in a little oil until it has started to soften (add water rather than too much oil if you’re trying to be healthy).

Add the apple and garlic and continue frying for a couple of minutes. Add the mince and continue frying for a few more minutes until the meat has taken on colour all over.

Take the frying pan off the heat and stir in the breadcrumbs. The mixture should now be relatively dry but not solid. Stir in all the rest of the ingredients (apart from the topping) and season with salt and pepper. Tip the lot into a fairly deep oven-proof dish.

For the topping, beat the eggs and combine them with the milk. Pour this mix over the top of the mince. Put in the oven for 30 minutes until the topping has browned. Serve either with rice or a salad or maybe just with a big spoon.

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