Every now and then as a child, my mother would spoil us by preparing her home-made bobotie served with turmeric-infused rice. We considered this a real treat, and Bobotie evenings were the best family meal evenings. I can still remember the aroma of the cumin, coriander, curry spices and onion being sautéed off in the background as I was supposed to be doing my homework (but was, in fact, most probably playing toy soldiers or terrorising my older sister). I would hear the sound of my mother’s voice shouting “Dylan Grey Frost, leave your sister alone!” Happy days…
I chose this recipe as it reminds me of the cold winter evenings of my childhood. It’s also extremely versatile – you can enjoy it as a family, or serve to guests at dinner parties and on special occasions.
Bobotie is one of the well-known traditional South African recipes, and has such an easy recipe to follow. Be careful not to over spice though, as it can ruin the dish.
- 1kg lean beef mince meat
- 2 onions, finely chopped
- 15ml curry powder
- 15ml cumin powder
- 7ml turmeric powder
- 125ml Mrs Balls chutney
- zest of 2 lemons
- 5ml salt
- 100g dried apricots, finely chopped
- 1 Granny Smith apple, grated
- 50g sultanas
- 50g flaked almonds
- 3 bay leaves
- Toast the spices on a low heat and set aside.
- Fry the onions until light brown, then add the spices back into the pot.
- Add the meat and leave to cook over low heat, stirring.
- Add all the other ingredients and leave to cook for another 30 minutes over low heat.
- Keep on stirring from time to time.
- Remove from the heat.
You may have heard people say, “No-one, not even myself, can cook like my mother can”. I beg to differ on this one! I think my beloved mother could take a few lessons from me… Love you mom!