Tannie Elsa’s Bobotie is worth travelling to Bethal to taste

The apricot jam and chutney add a hint of sweetness to this bobotie mince dish, while the curry powder adds a gentle warmth.

tannie elsas bobotie is worth travelling to bethal to taste - Tannie Elsa’s Bobotie is worth travelling to Bethal to taste

Bobotie is a classic South African dish that has stood the test of time. Traditionally you make it with curried mince, top it with an egg custard and spike the custard with bay leaves.

The first bobotie recipe appeared in a Dutch cookbook in 1609. It was then brought to South Africa and the Cape Malay community adopted – and adapted – it. Some recipes include raisins, but not all.

There are many variations on bobotie, but Tannie Elsa from Bethal makes one of the best. It is worth it to travel to this Mpumalanga farming town just for a taste of her bobotie!

The apricot jam and chutney add a hint of sweetness, while the curry powder adds a gentle warmth.

Tannie Elsa Bobotie

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Recipe by Melissa Jacobs Course: DinnerCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy

Servings

6

servings

Prep time

15

minutes

Cooking time

25

minutes

Total time

40

minutes

You simply must try this the time-honoured South African way, served with sweet potatoes, yellow rice and chutney.

Ingredients

  • 2 diced onions

  • 25 ml butter

  • 250 ml milk

  • 1 kg lean beef mince

  • 10 ml salt

  • 1 ml pepper

  • 20 ml mild curry powder

  • 10 ml sugar

  • 12.5 ml white vinegar

  • 12.5 ml apricot jam

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

  • 3 tablespoons chutney

  • 2 slices white bread

Method

  • Soak the bread in the milk. Squeeze out the milk and put aside.
  • In a frying pan melt the butter and fry the onions. Add the mince and brown the meat. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Mix the rest of the ingredients together, except one egg.
  • Add the wet bread and the apricot mixture to the mince.
  • Pour the mixture into a greased oven dish.
  • Mix the egg with the milk. Pour over the bobotie.
  • Bake for 1 hour at 150°C.

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