South African Bobotie
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Bobotie has a long history in South African cuisine and is one of the national dishes. It is known in the area of South Africa since the 17th century and most likely has its roots in Indonesia and comes from the word Bobotok. Other sources place the origin in Malaysia. But it seems to be clear that Dutch settlers/companies brought this dish to the Cape of Good Hope.
In old times the meat was often a mixture of mutton and pork, but today lamb or beef is mainly used. The dish is characterized by its balance of savory and sweet flavors which comes from dried fruits such as raisins or apricots. The addition of curry and chili powder, lime juice and almonds give this seemingly simple dish a surprising complexity. The dish is normally served with saffron rice and a fruity chutney. We served it also with some green beans and a nice cold beer.
Preheat oven to 160 °C/320 °F.
Heat butter and oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook for 6-7 minutes until translucent. Add curry powder, turmeric, chili powder and salt. Remove from heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
Mix ground lamb, cooled onion mixture, lime zest and juice, apricots, apple, Panko crumbs, milk, egg and almonds. Spoon mixture to a greased casserole and level the top. Cover casserole with aluminum foil and bake for one hour.
Remove from oven and preheat oven to 210°C/410°F. Beat eggs with remaining milk and pour over lamb mixture and bake uncovered until cooked and browned for 20-25 minutes.
Recipe adapted from “Afrikanische Kueche” by Honos Verlag
2 onions, finely diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
20 g (1 tbsp) butter
2 tbsp Canola oil
1 tbsp curry powder
¼ tsp turmeric
½ tsp chili powder
1 kg (2.25 lb) ground lamb
finely grated zest and juice of one lime
100 g (4 oz) dried apricots, finely diced
1 apple, cored and finely diced
3 tbsp Panko crumbs
75 ml (3 fl oz) milk
50 g (2 oz.) sliced almonds
250 ml (10 fl oz) milk