This may be considered the national dish of South Africa, although it is commonly thought that it arrived there with Malaysian immigrants during the 17th century. Bobotie, also spelled bobotjie, is a South African dish consisting of spiced minced meat baked with an egg-based topping.
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 medium onions, chopped
1 large slice white bread
1 cup milk
2 pounds ground beef or lamb
Salt and freshly-ground pepper, to taste
3 teaspoons curry powder, or to taste
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup chopped almonds, plus more for garnish
1/4 cup golden raisins (sultanas)
1/2 cup finely chopped or grated Granny Smith or other tart apple
3 bay (laurel) leaves
1 medium onion, sliced and separated into rings for garnish
Heat the oil in a sauté pan over moderate heat and sauté the
chopped onions until tender but not brown, about 5 minutes. Reserve.
Soak the milk in the bread. Squeeze the milk from the bread
and reserve both the bread and the milk.
Combine the onions, bread, meat, salt, pepper, curry powder, brown sugar, lemon juice, chopped
almonds, raisins, apple and 1 egg in a large bowl, mixing well with
Place the meat mixture in a greased 3-quart casserole
or baking dish and bake uncovered in a preheated 250 degrees F oven
for 30 minutes.
Mix together the 2 remaining eggs, the reserved
milk, and the bay leaves and pour over the meat mixture.
Decorate with onion rings and extra almonds.
Raise the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and bake an additional 45 minutes.