South African Recipes

South African recipes stem from a unique blend of multiple cultures, so diverse that you might find it hard to choose between them!

South African Bobotie

South African Bobotie is a combined offering of minced meats and spices.

There isn’t a housewife in the entire country of South Africa that doesn’t have her own special South African Bobotie recipe. Although it is traditional food of South Africa, Bobotie has it’s roots in the Malay and Portuguese cultures. Many of these people arrived on the shores of South Africa as prisoners. When they did so they brought with them a unique addition to the culture and outstanding additions to the cuisine of South Africa.

South African BobotieOne of those additions is Bobotie. Bobotie is a unique dish that is made spiced ground meat and combined with a custard type filling to arrive at a blend of flavors that will truly wake up the taste buds. This African dish is standard to nearly every home. South African Bobotie is a casserole of sorts that makes use of minced meat.

One very famous version of Bobotie was written by Dr. Christian Louis Leipoldt. Leipoldt was a surgeon born in the Cape. He was also a very esteemed reviewer of wines as well as an outstanding chef. His Book, which was published in the mid-sixties uses the pinch of this and a dab of that theory that attests to one of the qualities he was most renowned for–his real hatred of measuring and weighing ingredients.

With regard to Bobotie Leipoldt wrote: “To make a bobotie it is necessary to have clean hands, for you must knead the meat as you do a dough. ”

His version of Bobotie was made using peppercorns, green ginger, marjoram, coriander, fresh garlic, onion, lemon rind, half a cup of wine, curry, and cumin seeds. He was famed for the use of real butter and other higher fat foods, but also for the amazing taste that resulted in his Bobotie.

Bobotie is as much as part of South African cuisine as the dried biltong that seems to be the national snack. To make a more typical Bobotie than Leipoldt recommends, this recipe comes from Rainbow Nation, and may make things a little easier while you are trying out your taste of South Africa.

You will need:
1 kg( or 2,2 pounds) minced lamb
125ml milk
1 thick slice of white bread, crust removed and soaked in milk
2 chopped onions
1 tablespoon of curry
1 chili, chopped
½ cup vinegar
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of brown sugar
8 -10 crushed almonds (optional)
3 eggs
1 clove of garlic
6 bay leaves
1 orange, cut into wheels
1 lemon, cut into wheels
Oil for cooking

Heat the oil in frying pan and add the garlic, onion and curry power. Cook over medium heat for three minutes, then add meat. Fry until the meat is almost done, then using your hands, squeeze the milk from the bread.

Add the bread, vinegar, lemon juice, sugar and chutney to the meat and spices. Fry for a minute or so and then remove from heat.

Into a pie plate place three bay leaves, two wheels of orange and two wheels of lemon.. Now scoop the mince mixture into the dish. Decorate the sides of the dish with the rest of the lemon and orange wheels, wedging them between the mince and the sides of the dish.

Beat the eggs and 125ml milk, and pour over the meat. Put three bay leaves on top of dish. Cook uncovered for about 30 minutes at 160 Celsius.

South African Bobotie is one of those foods that you simply have to try during your stay in South Africa, or even if you don’t’ make it here. Bobotie is a traditional food of South Africans the world over, and is now becoming a tradition in other areas as well.

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